Phillips Leads Big Turnaround

This past Friday, B.J. Phillips saw a very surprising senior season draw to a close with a 14-7 playoff loss to rival Richland Northeast.

"I thought the season was a huge success," said Phillips, a 6-foot-5 225-pound quarterback from Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley,. "Last year, my team went 3-8, and this year we went 11-3 – so a big turnaround. Going into the season, if anyone would have told us we'd be 11-3 and knocked out of the playoffs in the semifinals I would have said ‘You're kidding.'

"I felt like the season as a team went really well. I was kind of disappointed in my individual performance."

While he failed to impress himself, Phillips still posted a solid senior campaign by passing for about 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushing for 600 yards and five touchdowns.

Following his official visit to North Carolina a few weeks back, Phillips decided to take official trips to both Kentucky and Vanderbilt before making a final decision. After having a chance to allow his thoughts to simmer, however, Phillips decided to go ahead and end his recruitment with a pledge to the Tar Heels.

"After my official visit I pretty much had a good idea that I wanted to go to Carolina," said Phillips. "I just spent the next week talking it over with my mom and dad and the rest of my family. I was just making sure I was 100 percent ready.

"Really though, for a while there I was favoring North Carolina, the official visit just made me feel like it was the place to be."

Phillips canceled last weekend's trip to Kentucky and also stopped travel talks with Vanderbilt.

His commitment adds a third potential quarterback to North Carolina's 2006 commitment list. Before committing, Phillips spoke more in-depth about UNC's quarterback situation with the coaching staff.

"They said they've had trouble in the past with their quarterback commitments, and they wanted to take at least two this year," said Phillips. "He said even though they have a whole lot of quarterbacks on their depth chart, there's really just two or three guys that are really [true] quarterbacks in their system."

With the conclusion of both his senior football season and recruitment, Phillips now contemplates December graduation – although he said that was unlikely.

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