Phillips set to visit Nebraska

The interest that has followed after some highlight tapes being sent out to a few schools for Taurus Phillips has been a little over-whelming. A school like Nebraska liked what they saw and Phillips will visit in January.

Taurus Phillips is a new name for recruitniks. The 5-foot-9 and 175-pound running back from Beacon (N.Y.) is quickly making a name for himself though. The athletic running back had a coach send out some film and some schools followed up. One of those schools was Nebraska.

"I would say that things took off for me and Nebraska right before my holiday break," Phillips said. "My coach sent my film to Nebraska and Coach Ron Brown liked it.

"We started messaging then over Facebook. Right after Christmas Nebraska messaged me over Facebook and said that they wanted me to visit on January 17th and I can make it that weekend."

Phillips is a little on the small side, but that seems to be fine and possibly the preference of the Nebraska staff at the running back position. The attention that Phillips has received as a result of his highlight film has stunned him somewhat.

"Coach Ron Brown told me that he likes smaller running backs. I know that Nebraska is a winning program and that Ameer Abdullah is a great running back; he's a monster.

"I don't know a lot about them beyond that. Before my coach sent out my film to these schools I didn't think that I would have had a chance to visit a school like Nebraska."

There are two offers on the table for Phillips already and more could come shortly. "I have two offers. I have an offer from Villanova and from Albany. Actually, Albany said that they would offer me after they had my transcripts."

The Nebraska offense is set up for a player like Phillips. The spread offense allows players to work in space and often times in match-ups where they are favored because of their speed and quickness.

"I like Nebraska's offense because it's a spread. I know that I can get one-on-one match-ups with linebackers and I can make people miss in space. They also run a lot of zone option and their backs can start it out inside and then get to the outside."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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