Orange ends weekend with Phillips pledge

Despite a 23-17 loss to Penn State on Saturday, Syracuse received some good news today as West Haven (CT) running back Ervin Phillips announced his decision to play for the Orange next season.

West Haven (CT) running back Ervin Phillips verbally committed to Syracuse on Sunday, announcing his pledge to Syracuse to some 650 Twitter followers around 1 p.m.

"Thank you to all the coaches that recruited me," he started off saying, "I know where my heart is and I where I belong, so without further ado…"

"I am proud to announce that I am officially committed to Syracuse University. #CuseNation #OrangeMen. I'm with the Orange!!!!!!!"

The relationship between Syracuse's football staff and the running back has been ongoing for some time now.

"I have been talking to coach Shafer and coach Bullough for a while now – a couple weeks," he said. "I just basically told them that I love Syracuse and I love the atmosphere."

Phillips is Syracuse's second running back commit in its 2014 class. However, there are some rumblings that Naesean Howard could be moving to safety in the near future.

Phillips eluded that coach Shafer and company would like to use him as a scat back.

"They want to get me in open space to make plays," he said.

In terms of a player, Phillips describes himself as a "hard worker" and someone who won't "bring any stress."

As far as the loss to Penn State, Phillips has faith that the Orange will and steal one away from Northwestern next Saturday on the road.

"I feel like it was a tough game" Phillips said about the loss, "But I really feel like I will be able to fit in that type of offense. As far as Northwestern goes, I feel like they are going to bounce back. It was a close game and I know that they have talent on both ends of the field. I know they will do well next weekend against Northwestern."

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