Ohio RB Has PSU on His Mind

Erick Phillips is one of the top running backs in Ohio this year. This season will be his third as the starting running back for Hilliard Davidson High School. Last year, the 5-11, 205 pound back with 4.5 40-yard speed ran for almost 2000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Erick has already received several scholarship offers and is sure to receive a few more during his senior season.

"I have offers from Ohio, Central Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green and Akron," said Phillips. "Michigan, Indiana and Penn State told me that I wouldn't redshirt if I decided to play for them. I'm not sure if that means that they've verbally offered or not. I've also heard from Ohio State and Pitt."

Although Erick grew up as an Ohio State fan, he claims to have no leader at this point.

"I don't have a favorite team but Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State are some of my top teams," said Erick. "I'd say that Michigan and Penn State are recruiting me the hardest. Notre Dame has only sent me mail so far."

Erick has not yet taken a long look at each schools' depth chart at the running back position, but says that the schools let him know what their running back situation is.

"Michigan and Penn State both told me that they are hurting at running back," he said.

The opportunity for early playing time will factor into his decision of which college to attend.

"Most definitely," he admitted. "I want to play. But, if I have to redshirt for a year just to get the groove and get used to the whole college atmosphere, that's okay. I just don't want to have to wait until my junior or senior year to play."

Erick has already taken unofficial visits to Michigan, Penn State and Pitt. He did not attend any camps this summer so that he could rest an injured groin muscle.

"The main thing right now is just to enjoy high school," he said. "After the season, my parents and I will take a look and see where I will fit in best."

Erick says that he is already qualified academically. He is not sure what he would like to study in college but knows he is looking for a school with top academics and a program that puts an emphasis on graduating.

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