Illini first to offer 2019 prospect Cameron Phillips

Westerville (Ohio) sophomore Cameron Phillips talks about his offer from Illinois and visit with the Illini.

Cameron Phillips was an All-Central District selection as a sophomore after making an impact in several phases of the game, namely as a wide receiver, defensive back and return man.

Illinois recently became the first school to offer him a scholarship.

"It was an awesome experience and feeling to receive my first offer," he said. "It's great to see the results of my hard work from my training and lifting the past couple of years.  Plus, I couldn't get to this point without my team and coaches pushing me to be the best athlete on the field."

Phillips visited Champaign last weekend and spent time with the staff for the first time. He was able to see many aspects of the school which stood out to him.

"My parents and I visited the school and attended one of the spring practices.  The campus was great in regard to academics, but also I found out from the coaches the school is investing in new football facilities which was attractive to me."

In addition to the sights and sounds of practice and the campus, Phillips and his family were able to speak with head coach Lovie Smith and the other coaches at Illinois to establish a foundation there.

"Initially, I had a strong connection with the staff and I look forward to developing stronger ties in the future. We did discuss options on where to play me on the field, both offensively and defensively.  I'm a play maker on both sides, so that was a plus."

In addition to Illinois, there is a long list of other schools Phillips is in contact with.

"The schools that I have been in contact with are Michigan State, Virginia, Toledo, Ball State, Miami (OH), Central Michigan, Rutgers and Bowling Green. I'm working out days to visit Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Ohio State. I want to get up to Michigan, Iowa and Penn State this spring."

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