Variety of Schools in Pursuit of NJ RB

Phillip Bigelow by way of Queen of Peace HS (North Arlington, NJ) currently stands at 5-foot-10 and 205-pounds. Bigelow is hearing from a multitude of schools from across the country after a successful Junior season where he ran for over 1000 yards, recorded over 60 tackles on defense and was named All-Conference and 2nd team All Bergen County.

Phillip Bigelow transferred from St. Mary's H.S. in Rutherford, NJ, after his sophomore campaign. His junior season was a successful one and the two-way standout that has played RB, OLB, and S, is beginning to hear from a number of schools across the country.

"The main schools that are showing me some interest are Rutgers, Michigan, North Carolina, Harvard, Brown, Ohio University, Virginia Tech, Texas, and Holy Cross," stated Bigelow, voted as one of the team's captains and slated to play RB and S during his Jr. season.

Although Bigelow doesn't list any favorites at this time, the northern New Jersey athlete spoke about a pair of programs in particular.

"I like them [Rutgers] because their coaches care about the players, they are a great academic school and they have good academic support for the players. They also have a high player graduation rate."

"I like Texas because they are very serious about the football program and the kids are very disciplined," said Bigelow.

The New Jersey product attended the Kentucky University camp last summer and received impressive praise from their staff. "I did a good job there. The Defensive Backs Coach told me to keep up the good work and continue with my hard work ethic."

"I also attended the Junior Day/Premier Showcase at Rutgers in February. There was alot of great talent out there and I pretty much held my own and did very well."

Most HS football players are currently in the midst of their off-season training program and it's no different with Bigelow.

"Our new Head Coach [Ed Stinson] had us lifting 3 days a week and now we are currently lifting and working out 4 days a week. Soon after that we will be working out 5 days a week. I just finished some Positional training up at TEST Sports Facilities in Martinsville where I was working out with Will Hill. I am now working out at TEST with a personal trainer twice a week for Speed and Agility. It's a great facility and I am enjoying the challenge. I am doing what it takes to get to the next level and become that special player that everyone will be talking about next football season," continued Bigelow.

The standout Garden State athlete, who projects as a RB at the next level, although he possesses the versatility to play in the defensive backfield as well, has begun thinking about his upcoming summer plans. And Bigelow is making sure that no stone remains uncovered - he wants to go anywhere and everywhere possible to showcase his skills.

"I will be attending the Rutgers Summer Camp. I would like to attend one of the following camps that I have received invitations for: Florida State, LSU, Virginia, Kentucky, Harvard, Brown or Holy Cross. I plan on attending the combines in the area this year also. I will be going down to Baltimore for the Nike Combine, the Nike Camp at Penn State and the Elite Combine in May. I plan on attending the Scout combine [in Baltimore - no date has been scheduled yet]. I may also attend one of the camps at Temple in the summer," said Bigelow.

Although very focused on his training and busy scheduling his summer camping trips, Bigelow has also thought about his upcoming senior season, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

"We currently have a new Head Coach. His name is Ed Stinson. He is a Championship coach from Hoboken and has won well over 200 games as a HS coach. He was and still is one of the top coaches in the state. He came to us from William Paterson University. I can already see the big change in the right direction with him. He and his staff takes the time to teach and show us the correct way to do our workouts. In my opinion, Queen of Peace will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. We will be talked about in the same breath as your Don Boscos and St. Peters schools."

"My Sophomore year I started at CB and last year I started at OLB. I'm gonna like the freedom of playing defense at Safety. It will allow me the freedom the roam the field and be involved in many more plays. Last Year I made 2nd Team Bergen County and All League, this year I'm shooting for All State and to become one of the top players in NJ," concluded Bigelow.

SOR will continue to monitor Bigelow's recruitment during the upcoming months ahead.

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com



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