DB Talks Highly of UM

Randy Phillips knows a thing or two about competition. Growing up around Glades Central High, Phillips has been around several college and NFL stars over the years. That's why it was no surprise that he was one of the top performers at Florida's camp this weekend.

"I wanted to come here and show them what's up," Phillips said. "I shut everything down. On one play, the guy everyone calls the top quarterback in the nation threw a perfect post to Morley and they got on one me. That was about it."

Phillips, 6-0 and 185 pounds, worked out as a free safety at the camp. He came away impressed with some of the other players at the camp.

"Demetrius Morley was for real," he said. "He showed me a lot. I like him a lot. I think he was probably the best player there. OJ Murdock is really fast but he has a tough time getting off the jam. I hit him at the line and it slowed him down. He's real fast, though."

The talented free safety prospect also shares time at running back on offense. On defense as a junior, he registered 97 tackles and four interceptions.

"The thing that makes me different than other guys is that I can hit, tackle, and cover ground like a safety while being able to cover people like a corner," he said. "I see a lot of fast guys that can cover but can't tackle. And I see a lot of guys that can hit and tackle but can't cover real good. I can do both real good."

Phillips, also also plays basketball and runs track at Glades Central, has emerged as one of the state's top defensive back prospects.

"I have scholarships now from Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, UConn, Duke, South Florida, and some smaller schools," he said. "I really like UM, Florida State, and Ohio State right now."

Phillips talked about some of the things he likes most about UM.

"That's the place to be," he said. "Look at the guys they're sending to the pros and how much winning tradition they have. Plus, it's close to home. I talk to Coach Cristobal and Coach Shannon. They're telling me that they want three of this me, Kenny Phillips, Morley, and Avery (Atkins). Basically, whichever ones wanna come."

Phillips, who grew up a Canes fan, said he definitely plans to take his visits and will likely announce his commitment later in the year.

"I was thinking about going to up FSU's camp this weekend but I don't think I'm gonna go now because of all this driving," he said.

The rising senior, who is fully qualified academically (19 ACT score), said he'll simply select the school he's most comfortable with.

"I'll check out some of the safeties other people are recruiting," he said. "But none of that will really matter to me. I feel like I can compete with the best. I saw Morley, who's probably the best. I saw what he could do. I saw Avery. I saw Bryan Evans. I'm confident that I can play with anyone."

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