Texas QB Has Several Choices Ahead

It's not unusual for a high major athlete to play quarterback at the high school level before switching to another position in college. That path may be the one chosen by Waller (Texas) High standout Jeremy Phillips should he end up in Durham down the road.

Over the last few years the Blue Devils have recruited well in Texas as assistant Scott Brown made his rounds of the Lone Star State. In the class of 2008, Duke has already extended an offer Jeremy Phillips - in hopes that he'll be the next Texan to make the jump east.

"Right now I have offers from Rice and Duke," said Phillips. "I've already taken a visit to Rice for junior day. While I was there they offered me a scholarship. Duke offered after seeing tape and my grades - I haven't been able to make it up there yet, but my dad and I are probably going this summer."

Standing 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Phillips was Waller's primary signal caller a season ago - but his future on the football field may not be as a quarterback.

"Duke is recruiting me with the idea of playing safety or maybe outside linebacker. I need to gain some weight to do that. Right now I just want to do whatever it takes to play, but I've been a quarterback all my life. They have been really consistent throughout the process. They have struggled lately, but are turning it around."

A position switch at the next level would be more difficult for some players, but Phillips has the benefit of being a coaches' son - something that has helped him learn the ins and outs of the game.

"It's been really good playing for him [in high school]. He's helped me stay disciplined, and that will help me when I get to college. I can go in wherever that may be and spend my first year learning the position and what the team would need me to do. That year would also let me know what I need to do physically to be ready to play at the Division One level."

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