Position Change Yields Offer for Phillips

Over four months after camping at North Carolina, Freddie Phillips received a scholarship from the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

"When I went to camp, I was playing just wide receiver," said Phillips, a 6-foot, 184-pounder from the '15 class. "But they offered me to play safety. I just started playing safety this season. So they didn't get to see [me at safety] until the season started."

Specifically, Vic Koenning, who is handling Phillips's recruitment for the Tar Heels, has informed the Pelion (S.C.) product that he'd play the Ram position within UNC's 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"I like [the idea of playing Ram] a lot," Phillips said. "This is my first season playing defense and I've really liked it. [Koenning] said I'd step in there sometimes and give a linebacker look and also play the pass sometimes. I like that."

In addition to his six offensive touchdowns, Phillips has two interceptions on defense for Pelion.

"I play back, but I really like hitting people," Phillips said. "That's why I think I'll like playing Ram, because I like playing the run, hitting running backs, and playing that cover-three look in the flats. I like that more than just waiting on the pass and occasionally helping out on the run."

NC State, which is the only other school to have offered, is recruiting Phillips as an athlete.

"They told me I could pick when I get there," Phillips said.

Although he participated out of his projected position, Phillips enjoyed UNC's camp, which was his first visit to the campus.

"I had fun," Phillips said. "It was a fun camp – one of the most fun camps I've been to. I enjoyed working with Coach [Gunter] Brewer. He was recruiting me last year, because I was just playing receiver."

Phillips still "occasionally" communicates with Brewer, but most of his contact with UNC is through Koenning. Among other things, Koenning has discussed getting Phillips back up to Chapel Hill.

"They want to get me up as soon as the season is over with for a basketball game," Phillips said. "He just told me to just keep in touch and we'll plan it when we get closer."

Besides UNC, Phillips camped at Florida, Florida State, and South Carolina this summer. He has also visited Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and NC State this football season.

Phillips doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"A lot of coaches told me they're going to stop by after the season, so I'm hoping more offers come in," Phillips said. "As more offers come in I'll be able to tell who are my favorites, because right now I just have the two offers."

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