When Andrew Phillips made his verbal commitment to Stanford in October, he did not do so blindly. The Georgetown Prep standout had visited The Farm in an unofficial capacity twice already - once during spring practices in April and again for the Cardinal's overnight football camp at the end of June. Phillips tripped to the Stanford campus again in the fall to watch the 108th Big Game in November. He will add winter to his seasonal collection of visits this weekend when he takes his fourth flight out West, though this time in an official capacity.
Phillips is one of six official visitors this weekend who has already committed to the Cardinal. While this weekend is a big one for Walt Harris to land some of his top remaining recruits on the board, having somebody like Phillips on hand could be helpful.
"I've seen on The Bootleg some of the guys coming out this weekend, like Toby Gerhart. I met him when we both visited in the spring," Phillips says. "I just want to let them know that Stanford is the place to be, and they'll have a friend there."
"I also saw that Levirt Griffin will be there this weekend," he adds. "Anybody who decommits from Cal to Stanford is a gentleman I'd like to meet. I want to shake his hand."
Griffin and the other attendees may want to shake Phillips' hand as well. The 6'4" 290-pound lineman is coming off yet another banner season at Georgetown Prep. The Little Hoyas went 8-2 and finished ranked #8 in Maryland, though as a private school they did not participate in the playoffs that are the domain of public schools.
Phillips started all four years at Georgetown Prep, and he picked up top honors for his play once again in 2005. For the second straight year he was named First Team All-Metro by the Washington Post, while also earning consensus First Team All-State honors. Phillips is only the second player in Maryland prep history to earn First Team All-State three times.
Currently Phillips is training in the off-season alongside his younger brother, Colt Phillips, with strength and conditioning coach John Philbin, known for his work with the Maryland Terrapins and the Washington Redskins. The older Phillips is currently benching double-digit repetitions at 245 pounds but has plenty of work ahead.
"I've got to get a long stronger before I get out to Stanford," he maintains.
Well, before he arrives at Stanford in August. He does not need to crush too many hands this weekend on his official visit.
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