High Major SC QB Visiting Duke

After going a full recruiting season without bringing in a quarterback, the Blue Devils addressed that issue in 2005 with the signings of two top 30 prospects. In 2006, Duke is looking to bring in another signal caller to continue to bolster the depth chart. One of the potential targets is a big prospect from South Carolina.

Normally when you're checking in at 6-foot-6 and 234 pounds, you're projecting as a defensive end, tight end, or maybe even a linebacker. However, Spring Valley High (S.C.) standout B.J. Phillips is defying the conventional wisdom, as he's one of the state's top quarterbacks.

"I don't think he has any offers at this point, but there has been a lot of interest and a lot of visitors," says Spring Valley head coach Jimmy Noonan. "I'm sure he'll have a lot to choose from."

If you've never heard of Phillips, it's probably because of his junior season numbers, which don't jump out at you: Completing just 103-of-229 passes (45%) for over 1300 yards while leading six scoring drives against six interceptions. However, sometimes the numbers don't tell the whole story.

"We had over 60 dropped passes this year," sighed Noonan. "We were going all over the place trying to find players to catch the ball."

So what will Phillips be looking for when it comes time to make his college decision? While you'd think he'd be interested in playing early, his answer may surprise you.

"Playing early isn't that important early on," said Phillips. "Right now I can see myself learning the system for the first two seasons and then making an impact after that. I want to play at a school that uses a lot of receivers and where they throw the ball."

So far the Blue Devils find themselves on Phillips' list early on and have secured a visit from the talented Palmetto State standout for this weekend.

"They've been sending me mail, but I've heard from other schools a little more at this point."

Early on Phillips maintains he has no leader but has interest from schools such as Duke, Florida State, Clemson, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Maryland, South Carolina, and Kentucky.

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