Bloomington – It wasn't just that Washington D.C. area tight end Paul Phillips could envision himself playing for the Hoosiers.
It was the fact that he could see himself fitting in at IU if he wasn't. And ultimately, that's what convinced the 6'5", 220-pounder from Georgetown Prep that Indiana was the right place for him.
"Frankly, Bloomington is somewhere I can see myself even if I wasn't playing football," Phillips said, shortly after verballing to the Hoosiers. "I'm from the East Coast, I haven't really been to the Midwest, and thought it would be good to try something new."
That's good news for Indiana, who now has 25 players committed for the 2010 class. Four of those players – junior college transfers Lenyatta Kiles and Jeff Thomas plus high schools Jack Denton and Antonio Banks – have already enrolled and will participate in spring drills.
A two-star prospect according to Scout.com, Phillips said he ultimately picked the Hoosiers over Syracuse and Rice. While the Bloomington community was a big selling point, he said the bond he was able to build with the coaching staff was important as well.
"I loved the coaches, Coach (Bill) Lynch, Coach (Kyle) Conner and Coach (Mike) Yeager," said Phillips, who was in Bloomington in the fall for Indiana's win over Illinois. "It's a great atmosphere, and I was able to hang out with the game for the Illinois game. I'm excited to get there."
Phillips Becomes 25th Member of IU Class
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