Phillip Klaphake Gets Recruiting Looks

Phillip Klaphake, a 6-foot-1 quarterback from Princeton (MN) High, has attracted interest from several Division I and Division II schools. Klaphake is also a standout point guard who helped lead the Tigers to 18-10 last season, losing to Monticello 73-71 in the Section 5AAA finals. Klaphake attended the Minnesota-Northern Illinois game and GoldenSports.Net caught up with him to learn the latest.

Phillip Klaphake rushed 143 times for 828 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior and completed 85 of 155 passes for 1,319 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He led the Tigers to a 4-6 mark, losing to St. Michael-Albertville 42-20 in the second round of the playoffs.

Klaphake had three games of more than 100 yards rushing, including a season-best 153 yards against Big Lake. His best passing game was versus Cambridge-Isanti when he completed 14 of 16 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown.

Klaphake started as a sophomore and completed 79 of 171 passes for 1,172 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed 111 times for 293 yards and four touchdowns.

Klaphake has also started the last two seasons as a point guard for the Tigers, playing alongside Wisconsin signee Jared Berggren.

Klaphake averaged 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as he led the Tigers to a 18-10 mark last season.

Klaphake averaged 7.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a sophomore as the Tigers finished 17-9. They were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, but were upset by Big Lake 71-61 in the first round of the playoffs.

Klaphake had a busy summer with football.

"This summer, I was probably at 10 to 15 camps. Northern Illinois, Purdue and a lot of Division II schools in the state. I went to Harvard, Houston and Stanford," he said.

Klaphake said that his hectic football schedule kept him somewhat off the basketball court.

"I did not play any AAU ball this year. We did a lot of team camps with our basketball team and practiced three or four times a week," he said. "We went to team camp at Wisconsin, North Dakota State and St. Cloud State."

Klaphake is working on making some official visits this fall.

"I am working on that right now. I don't really know where I am going to be going right now, but I am definitely in the process of figuring out where I am going to be going with those," he said.

Klaphake has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but he feels that there are several schools interested in him.

"I am very close close to getting some offers. It's early. It's tough for me right now," he said. "A lot of schools are on the verge of offering. I'm just trying to figure it out."

Klaphake is an excellent student who already has an idea where his future lies.

"I'm possibly going to major in an education field, like science. I really want to coach. I want to coach college football really, really bad," he said.

"I got a 26 on the ACT and retook it again and I am planning on get a lot more than that. I have a 3.99 GPA. I got an A- in a sophomore Lit class."

Klaphake has high expectations for this season.

"I want to be one of the better player on the field every single game. I want to improve all my numbers every year and lead my team, hopefully another state appearance. We have not been to state in awhile. My goal is to get our team to state this year."

Princeton lost one of their top players in school history in Berggren, but Klaphake thinks that the Tigers could surprise people this season.

"We'll be better than people think. We lost a lot last year, but we have a lot young talent," he said. "A lot of good scorers. We'll be surprising some teams."

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