Michigan State has an interest in a four-star wide receiver from the Class of 2018 that’s already received 12 scholarship offers. At 5’11” (although he believes he’s grown a little over recent months and is now closer to 6’0”) and 175 pounds, he runs an estimated 4.49 40-yard dash. Hailing all the way from San Marcos, CA, let’s meet Kyle Philips.
“It definitely feels great knowing all of my hard work is finally starting to pay off,” Phillips told Spartan Nation. “But my recruiting is just starting to pick up for me – I didn’t really get too much looks my sophomore year, and then after my junior year is when it really started to pick up, started getting a couple of PAC-12 offers.”
Those include Arizona, Oregon, Cal, Utah and Washington State. He’s also received offers from Boise State, Boston College, Vanderbilt, San Diego State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Weber State.
Of those schools, he’s only visited two of them so far, Boise State and Cal, but he’s planning a trip to Utah in the near future. Of the Broncos and Golden Bears though, he spoke glowingly of both.
“I love them,” Kyle said of Boise State and Cal. “Feels like a good place I can see me at. Love the coaching staffs, super nice, showed that they really want me.”
Noticeably absent from the list of scholarship offers is Michigan State. Despite their interest in Philips, the Spartans have not made a formal offer yet. But it’s not just about MSU in this instance…it’s about Kyle, too. If a Spartan offer does come through in the future, would a kid from California come more than halfway across the country to go to school and play football? Does the distance and location eliminate a school like Michigan State?
“No, definitely not,” Philips reassured. “I’m definitely interested in it; I’m open to trying new things and new places.”
“I was hoping to make a decision before my senior season starts, but it’s just basically off feel – if it doesn’t feel right, then I’m not going to commit.”
Regardless of where Kyle ends up, and when he chooses to commit there, he’s a quick wide receiver with big play abilities, who also says he takes pride in his blocking, a quality Michigan State likes to look for out of their WRs.
“They say I’m a really good route-runner, and just the attitude that I play with – I’m not a big person, but I play big,” Philips said of the positives that coaches are noticing in his game. “They just love my attitude and my route and footwork.”
As for some things he needs to improve on, Phillips admitted, “They [college coaches] haven’t really talked to me much about that yet. But, one thing I’d like to get better at is just studying my opponent more often so I can know what they’re doing, because I don’t do that well at watching film.”
Wherever he ends up playing college football, Kyle Philips will be a valuable offensive weapon. He’s already weighing 12 scholarship offers, but maybe in the not-so-distant future, he’ll have one more option to weigh – the green and white of Michigan State.
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest from Phillips and the Michigan State 2018 class.