The Phillips/Reed Connection

Junior safety Kenny Phillips was recently named the nation's No. 1 pro prospect for next April's Draft by one major publication. Read on to see what they say about him and what Phillips had to say about his connection to NFL All-Pro Ed Reed...

College Football News covers the college football scene for Scout.com and the publication released its list of top prospects for next year's NFL Draft. UM junior safety Kenny Phillips was rated No. 1.

Here's what the write-up on Phillips said, as written by CFN's Pete Fiutak.

"He's 6-2 with 202-pound size, big-time hitting ability, and the speed of a corner. Smart enough to always be in the right position, he took his game to another level in spring ball flying all around the field delivering big pop after big pop. A superstar recruit for the program two years ago, he has lived up to the hype and then some with 159 tackles, nine tackles for loss, ten broken up passes and five interceptions. The numbers would've been even better if he hadn't missed three games with a broken thumb."

Phillips, who will be a three-year starter in the fall, was a five-star prospect as rated by Scout.com when he inked with the Hurricanes after a stellar prep career at Miami Carol City High. One of the main reasons why he chose Miami, he said at the time, was that he wanted to become the type of player Ed Reed became when he was at Miami. Phillips talked to CanesTime.com about that since he's three years into the program.

"My all around game [can still get better]," Phillips said. "I want to get better. I talked to Ed and I think he's the greatest safety in the NFL. I asked him what he was doing and he told me that he was still trying to take his game to the next level, and he's the greatest safety in the league, so I know I have to keep working too."

Phillips is a fan favorite in Miami but it'll take a big year to elevate himself to the same level as the ex-Cane.

"He basically said that where I'm at now is better than where he was when he was in my position and that there are certain things that helped him then and can help me now, so I just try to add those things to my game," he said.

Phillips said he keeps in close contact with the talented All-Pro.

"I talk to him when he comes around and sometimes I call him," he said.

Note: That same publication rated Campbell just behind Phillips as the nation's No. 2 pro prospect.


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