Tight end Rashad Phillips was one of the jewels of NC State's recruiting class last year and is working hard so he can make an impact in the fall.
At 6-4, 210-pounds Phillips has great size for a high school prospect, and excelled as a senior in the talent-rich Virginia Beach area. To perform up to the level that he is capable of in college, he knows he will have to bulk up.
"Right now I'm at about 215 pounds," said Phillips. "I'm working out pretty regularly and doing all I can to gain weight. The coaching staff at State wants me to play tight end and they told me I would probably have to be at least 230 or 235 to get on the field."
So what does that mean about his prospects for contributing next year?
"That's all going to depend on how much progress I can make in the weight room and how I play in practice. If I can't put the weight on fast enough then I'll probably redshirt, and I'd be fine with that."
Phillips is planning on enrolling in the second summer school session, which he says will begin in either late June or early July.
"I'm looking forward to that. It will be good to get there early and start off on the right foot. I don't know what I want to major in yet so I'll start out undecided. I know one of my roommates is going to be Jeraill McCuller."
Phillips, like other State commitments from the Class of 2006, is confident about the Pack's potential next year.
"I think we're looking real good right now," he said. "I went to the spring game and was impressed by the speed of all the guys. We're going to be young in some spots but I still think we can compete for a conference championship. You have to have high expectations for yourself so that's my goal."
While Phillips is excited about his entire future at NC State, there is one game on the schedule he is looking forward to more than any other.
"I'm really looking forward to the Florida State game. We already have a good rivalry with them. I have a friend that's going to be playing for them, Damon McDaniel. He just committed to them this year. We're going to keep up with each other while we're in college, but we're both going to circle that game on the calendar."
Phillips came out of nowhere last year to become one of the most highly-recruited players in the state of Virginia. Starting at tight end and defensive end for Landstown High School, he finished the year with 23 sacks, 33 catches and six touchdowns. He also blocked five punts and returned two of them for scores, showcasing his big-play ability.
Phillips received scholarship offers from Kent State, Cincinnati, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Maryland, among others prior to committing to NC State. He earned all-state and all-conference honors as a senior.
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