Sibley QB Phil Haig Commits to Gophers

Phil Haig, a 6-foot-4 quarterback from Mendota Heights (MN) Henry Sibley who is one of the state's most versatile athletes, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to his recruitment. Haig also plays on the Warriors' basketball team and is a standout pitcher. He finished in the final eight on the Class AA tennis tournament in doubles as a freshman before switching to baseball. Haig attended the Gopher Junior Day in February and watched Minnesota defeat Iowa in basketball.

Phil Haig completed 103 of 209 passes for 1,425 yards with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions as he led the Warriors to a 4-5 mark. He was named to the Classic Suburban All-Conference team.

Haig will be a three-year starting signal caller for the Warriors. He paced team to 5-6 mark as a sophomore starter and led the Warrriors to Class 5A, Section 5 Finals.

Henry Sibley figures to be one of the most improved teams in the state next season as they will return Haig and standout running back Andre Tate, who also has committed to Minnesota.

Haig averaged 6.0 points per game this season for the Warriors' basketball team that finished 17-11 and lost to Cretin Derham-Hall in the playoffs.

Basketball is not Haig's top sport, but he is a key contributor to one of the area's top squads.

"Phil is such a good athlete," head basketball coach Tom Dasovich recently told the Minnesota Sun newspaper. "He doesn't play a lot of basketball in the offseason and is better known for football and baseball. He is the kind of kid who'll be really tough in March."

Haig is also a standout pitcher who led the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament. He and graduated senior Dan Leslie formed the state's top pitching one-two punch. Haig said that he attended tryout camps with the Chicago White Sox, Atlanta and Minnesota.

Haig had previously told Golden Sports.Net that he was undecided on what sport he will play after high school.

"I'm undecided, but football is becoming more appealing to me.

Haig said that he was hearing from a variety of schools.

"I've heard from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa, Miami and Florida State."

Haig becomes the latest in-state player to commit to Minnesota as the Gopher coaching staff has made landing the local talent a premimum this year.

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