With his Stanford admissions application recently submitted, Andrew Phillips played the waiting game - one familiar to hundreds of Cardinal recruits who have come before him. Anxious for an answer from the school he had secretly held as his favorite choice to attend college, the 6'4" 290-pound offensive lineman excitedly clutched his vibrating cell phone Monday at Georgetown Prep.
"I got a text message from Coach [Nate] Hackett in math class telling me to call as soon as I can," Phillips recalls. "I ducked out of class for a bit and called from the bathroom."
"I thought it would be big. The text message was enthusiastic," he says of the phone call. "I thought it would be the big one."
It was big indeed, with Hackett sharing the news that Phillips had been accepted to attend Stanford that morning. "Now all we have to do is get you to come," the Cardinal recruiting coordinator told the Maryland man.
That recruiting task proved easier than Hackett may have anticipated.
"I had talked with my parents and told them that Stanford was where I wanted to go if I got into the school. They said, 'If that is where you want to go, then go ahead.' I did a gut check when I heard the news and committed," Phillips explains.
The three-star interior offensive line prospect from Darnestown (Md.) also netted scholarship offers from Maryland, Northwestern, Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke and Louisville. With that array of options, Phillips rightfully should have taken a breadth of official visits before pulling the trigger with a college commitment, but he had already logged thousands of miles of unofficial visits to all of his favorite schools from coast to coast. He had enough information to make a decision, without the fanfare of paid trips.
"I've been around to a bunch of other schools - met the guys and coaches and seen the programs. Stanford is the only place where I've felt completely comfortable," Phillips says.
The Georgetown Prep senior has twice been to the Cardinal campus in recent months. The first brought him in April, during Stanford's spring practices. He returned in late June to participate in Stanford's overnight football camp.
"I've known for quite a while that Stanford is the place where I want to go," Phillips maintains. "It was really the first visit that did it for me. That was the first time I had stepped on a campus, where I absolutely fell in love with it - from meeting the guys on the team to the coaches to the campus. Palo Alto is absolutely beautiful."
"All my dreams have come true," Phillips declares. "I'm extremely thrilled and extremely blessed to be a part of the Stanford family. I can't wait to get to work on being a Cardinal."
The first part of that work will apparently come soon.
"I don't know yet when I'm taking my official visit, but in talking with the coaches, I think I will come out at the same time with John Kyed," the new Cardinal commit offers. "Then we can do a little recruiting and help bring some more kids with us to Stanford."
Andrew Phillips, Stanford's third offensive line commit and fourth overall pledge, is a three-star recruit ranked by Scout.com as the #16 overall player in the state of Maryland in the 2006 class. Phillips is believed to be only the second player in Maryland history to be named consensus All-State as both a sophomore and a junior. His younger brother (pictured below, right) is currently a sophomore at Georgetown Prep making a big splash at tight end. Colt Phillips attended the Stanford camp with his older brother in June and also accompanied him on the April unofficial visit. He is an early name to watch for the 2008 class, and a future phenom with whom Stanford is well positioned today.
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