SC QB Enjoys UK Visit

Columbia (SC) quarterback B.J. Phillips, whom has been told by the UK staff he is their number one target, visited the University of Kentucky campus yesterday and took in the Wildcats game against the Cardinals.

"Yes, I took my visit, yesterday, to Kentucky," B.J. Phillips (QB 6'5 225) said, Monday. "I had a great time. I mean I really enjoyed myself. It was great just to see the campus and the team."

The Palmetto state gunslinger, whom sports offers from Rutgers, Maryland, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky, said an important part of his decision will be the type of offense. A known spread passer, Phillips said he will be looking for a school that complements his abilities.

"I'd have to say the offense (Kentucky) ran was what I liked the most," Phillips said. "It's very versatile and it gets a lot of people involved. I like the responsibilities the quarterback has and how it does a lot of different things."

"I also like the coaching staff a whole lot," Phillips added, "especially the quarterbacks coach, coach Roper and the offensive coordinator coach Joker Phillips. They are all really nice people."

South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Auburn, Iowa State, Illinois, Nebraska and Oregon have also expressed interest in the 6-foot-5, 200 pound quarterback. Phillips insists he'll take some more visits before deciding.

"I'm going to North Carolina on the 17th for their game against Wisconsin," Phillips said, "I'm also set for Vanderbilt the week after (24th) for the Richmond game."

Phillips completed just 103-of-229 passes (45%) for over 1300 yards while leading six scoring drives against six interceptions this past year for Spring Valley High School, but while those numbers don't compare to other top flight quarterbacks, perhaps they don't tell the complete story. "We had over 60 dropped passes this year," his coach, Jimmy Noonan said. "We were going all over the place trying to find players to catch the ball."

B.J. is a 4.0 student and will not have any problems qualifying.


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