Phillips Closing In On a Decision

The Central Michigan University football program received a verbal commitment last week from standout Alabama high school linebacker Antonio Gaylord. If the Chippewas have their way, another Alabama prep standout could soon be joining Gaylord in CMU's 2010 recruiting class.

Drew Phillips is one of those versatile athletes who can seemingly help a football team at a number of positions.

A 6-foot-0, 185-pounder who's been clocked at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash, Phillips expects to play safety or running back at the next level. He's not so much concerned on whether he plays offense or defense, but he's quite sure he'd like to play for a team that runs the spread offense.

Right now, the two schools at the top of Phillips' list are Central Michigan and BYU.

"BYU and Central Michigan are my top two schools," Phillips said. "I like the offense, facilities and campus of both schools."

Phillips also holds scholarship offers from SMU, Wyoming and Troy and is being recruited by Alabama, among other schools. It's the Chippewas and Cougars though, who Phillips says he expects to decide between in the very near future.

"I plan to make my decision in the next couple weeks before the start of our season Aug. 27," Phillips said.

Boaz High School began two-a-day practices last week and will play in a preseason jamboree Aug. 20 according to Phillips.

This summer, Phillips attended camps at the University of Michigan and Alabama. It was at the Michigan camp in June that Phillips said CMU discovered him and ultimately offered a scholarship. The Chippewas also offered fellow Alabama standout Antonio Gaylord of Hoover High School following the Michigan camp.

"Yes, I remember Antonio, we went to the Michigan camp together," Phillips said, after hearing that Gaylord had recently committed to CMU. "He's that really good linebacker."

Perhaps, in the very near future, Phillips and Gaylord will become teammates at CMU. Only time will tell.

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