Phillips Takes in Georgia Offer

Shakim Phillips's high school team can only practice as a team on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Apparently that lack of spring practice is not limiting his development.

Georgia offered the New Jersey prep start earlier this week. The Bulldogs joined a slew of schools from across the country to offer, but became the first major power in the SEC to do so.

"Coach Lilly came by the other day, and offered," Phillips said.

Georgia has been keeping up with him since at least February – if not before. The offer from the Dawgs was the culmination of a relationship that has been developing between the program and the DePaul Catholic star.

"He came by Tuesday. He just came by and looked at my film. We e-mail a lot," Phillips said of Lilly.

Phillips admits that he doesn't know much about Georgia – only that Knowshon Moreno, Georgia's most recent running back, is from his home state.

"I think that his play shows that people from up here can play in the SEC, too," Phillips said.

Moreno could play all right – he was just drafted as the #12 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

"Recruiting has been a lot," Phillips admitted. "I am still taking everything in. I know that I am going go to some camps this summer, but I am not sure where."

Most schools in Phillips' area – including Rutgers, Boston College, UConn, Syracuse, Maryland, Pitt and others – have offered. Other schools from around the country – including Oregon, Iowa, Arizona, Wisconsin and Georgia – have also liked what they have seen in Phillips. That means the rising senior will have to figure out where to visit, as he admitted he's not been to many schools outside his area.

"Coach Lilly would like for me to come down for the camp, and check out Georgia," he said.

Phillips added that he would like to play in the SEC – calling it the "best conference" in the country.

"I know that I could play in the SEC," he said. Georgia would love to make another New Jersey native a top draft pick, too.

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