Phillips arrived on campus on June 3 to begin summer classes. A new NCAA rule this year allows incoming freshmen to take two summer classes and allowing them to participate in the off-season workout plan.
"I just think it was good for me to meet all of the guys," Phillips said. "It was just good to get to know how everything works around here."
The first day he got here he was told by another player that he would be lining up at cornerback instead of his natural safety spot.
"It was the coaches decision to have me play cornerback," Phillips said. "I have accepted it to the fullest and will make the best of it."
Although he has not had a meeting with any of the coaches this summer he assumed he would be playing corner.
"I figured it though," Phillips said. "I would rather play corner here because it is a better opportunity to get on the field. So I thought it was positive."
This summer he spent a lot of time working on his new position and adjusting to the different skills needed.
"It is very different playing cornerback," Phillips said. "I am very aggressive and safeties are taught to be aggressive. At the line of scrimmage I have an advantage by being physical, which can overcome by cover skills which I have been working on all summer."
He claims Sinorice Moss was his toughest matchup because of his speed, quickness, and overall ability to catch the ball. Darnell Jenkins, another small receiver, is another guy that Phillips had a tough time with.
"It was very tough to cover the guys that are faster and quicker," Phillips said. "I am very comfortable here and I feel like I am ready."
Phillips grew more comfortable during 7-on-7's after making some interceptions. His confidence is high right now and expects to compete for the fourth corner spot.
# Player Year Height Weight 4 Devin Hester JR 5-11 185 6 Randy Phillips FR 6-0 185 22 Kelly Jennings SR 5-11 178 24 Marcus Maxey SR 6-2 195 27 Carlos Armour* SO 6-3 194 29 Bruce Johnson FR 5-11 168 31 Glenn Sharpe* JR 6-0 187 38 Rashaun Jones SO 6-1 196 * Out for 2005 with torn ACLPhillips sported a Magic Johnson Michigan State throwback jersey while addressing the media. He said he respects "the legends that paved the way for African-American athletes."
Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were amongst his other favorite legends of the game. Phillips, who played basketball in high school, also considered Kobe Bryant a legend.
One of the reasons Phillips chose to attend Miami was because of the way he thought he fit in with all of the guys on the team.
"Everyone always told me that I acted like the guys already on the team and that I would just fit right in," Phillips said.
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com