UNC In Hunt For SC QB

Columbia Spring Valley's B.J. Phillips, who camped at North Carolina last month, is keeping his options open right now. While the big, athletic quarterback is playing his cards close to the vest, he admits he's primarily honed on the small handful of schools that have offered him – like UNC.

Phillips, a whopping 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, who threw for 1,400 yards and rushed for 600 more as a junior, says he's not feeling any pressure to even begin making a decision until after he begins his senior season.

"All the schools that have offered me are right there and nobody stands out at this moment," Phillips said on Wednesday. "I haven't gone to all of the schools and met all of the coaching staffs yet, so I can't make a decision yet. After the first couple of games of my season, then I'll have a chance to get up to these schools and see some games."

"I don't have a leader right now."

But Phillips did tilt his hand enough to say he is currently focused on the schools that have already extended scholarship offers: Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Rutgers and Stanford. But he is also receiving interest from plenty of the big boys, including South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State, Duke, Wake Forest, Virginia, Auburn, Iowa State, Illinois, Nebraska, Oregon and Vanderbilt.

Phillips plans to attend a one-day camp at Auburn this weekend.

"Then I'll be done with camps and can concentrate on my football season," Phillips said. "After my first couple of games during football season, I'll sit down with my coach, re-evaluate my situation and have a better idea then of when I want to make up my mind.

"I'm just trying to see what plays out right now."

So while it's probably a little early for Tar Heel fans to start drooling, Phillips did have good things to say about his experience at UNC.

"I got to throw the football around a lot," Phillips said. "It was real nice seeing more of the campus. It was nice getting the tour. I had been up there a couple of times before.

"I guess they liked me because they offered me."

Despite being raised in the heart of SEC country, Phillips says he's equally admires the ACC, especially with the addition of the three new football schools.

"The ACC is just as strong if not stronger with the additions that they've made," he said. "The ACC has everything that the SEC has. Both are awesome conferences. I'm not going to pick a school just because one is an ACC or one is an SEC school. That's not really a factor for me.

B.J. Phillips Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories