Kentucky Running Back Commits to CMU

The Central Michigan University football program has received a verbal commitment from one of the top running backs in the Bluegrass State.

Chippewas Insider has learned that running back Tim Phillips of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity High School verbally committed to Central Michigan University this past week.

The 5-foot-6, 165-pound Phillips helped lead Trinity High to Kentucky state titles the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he carried the ball 131 times for 1,200 yards and 22 touchdowns. Last season he rushed 225 times for 1,852 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Phillips is noted for his great speed (4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash), strength and elusiveness. He bench presses 350 pounds and is a state champion powerlifter (165-pound weight class) who finished second nationally.

Phillips becomes the seventh overall verbal commitment in the Chippewas' 2009 recruiting class and the second running back, joining Maryland standout Malek Redd.

Phillips was also receiving recruiting interest from Louisville and Kentucky, among other schools.

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