Afia getting more looks

Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala three-star safety Phillip Afia has nine scholarship offers without the exposure of many camps or combines last spring.

Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala Phillip Afia has been quiet this off season despite racking up nine scholarship offers over the spring.

Afia decided to make an appearance at the UCLA Elite Camp and remind everyone that he is still one of the better safety prospects in Southern California.

"The UCLA camp is the only camp I've gone up to so far," said Afia. "I've been going to my high school's team camp and seven-on-seven, but that's really it outside UCLA.

"I really liked that camp, and judging from some of the write ups, people think I did well. They had me as one of the top performers there."

UCLA is one of three schools that have been increasing their interest in Afia without puting a scholarship offer on the table.

"Right now, Washington, UCLA and USC have all been talking to me more," said Afia. "Out of those schools, I'd say UCLA is probably the closest to offering. But even with the schools that have offered me a scholarship, they're all pretty even in how hard they're recruiting me."

Afia received plenty of good feedback from from UCLA defensive back coach Demetrius Martin after the Bruins Elite Camp.

"Their coaches said that I was an all-around good athlete and that I have a lot of range," said Afia. "They said I can fit into what they do defensively because I'm versatile."

Hypothetically, a scholarship offer from UCLA would make an major impact on his recruitment.

"Any of the Pac-12 schools are going to stand out because I really want to play in the Pac-12," said Afia. "But I get along well with the coaches at UCLA, and it's close to home, which is nice. I really liked what I saw from the program when I was up there."

Currently, Afia has scholarship offers from Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Jose State, San Diego State, Utah State, Utah, UNLV and Washington State.

His plan is to take additional unofficial visits before Ayala High School starts fall camp in August.

"I definitely want to see the Northern California schools this summer," said Afia. "I'm also thinking about officials to schools like Fresno State, San Jose State and SDSU."

At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Afia is a specimen of a safety prospect. Last season, Afia had 86 tackles and four interceptions, while also taking on the kicking duties for the Bulldogs.

This season, his goals are naturally even higher.

"I want more than 100 tackles and eight interceptions this year," said Afia.

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