Phillips a name to watch

Want to find a legitimate FBS caliber player? You can't go wrong when you head south of Dallas to the suburb of Desoto, Texas. College coaches are no stranger to the recruiting hotbed as every year the Eagles produce a number of players who move to the next level.

The 2013 class is no exception.

Among the impressive group of Desoto prospects for the 2013 class is offensive lineman Sergio Phillips. At 6-foot-3, 290-pounds, Phillips is garnering interest from several programs including TCU among several others.

"It's just interest right now," Phillips said. "Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Oregon and Oklahoma State are showing interest right now. I'm going to Kansas State on March 3rd for a junior day; that will be my first one."

Like previous players who have earned scholarships to major college programs, Phillips is excited it's his turn to go through the process.

"I'm very excited; I'm open to any school. I think I'd fit in to any program," Phillips said. "Schools are looking at me as a guard, but I'm going to play on both sides of the ball next year so hopefully they'll look at me for defense too."

Phillips says he has received a good amount of interest from TCU. He has some familiarity with the program and even visited the Frogs' junior day last season with another one of Desoto's elite prospects.

"My coach said they've been talking to him a lot and I've been receiving a lot of letters from TCU. I'm pretty sure they're interested in me," he said. "I know they're a good school, I went to a couple of their games. My friend Curtis Riser had a junior day invite last year and I went down there with him to TCU so I saw the campus and everything."

Phillips says he is also good friends with TCU sophomore receivers Cam White and David Porter. He says it's a plus to have someone he's familiar with on the Frogs' roster.

"It does because I played with them my sophomore year and they pushed me real hard and I've looked up to them," Phillips said.

Proximity won't play a big role in Phillips' decision. However, he says education will play a big factor as he hopes to major in criminal justice.

"I'm looking for a school that has my major; I don't care what the location is," Phillips said. "I want to major in criminal justice."

Phillips lists no favorites at the moment and says he will not rush into a decision on his college destination.

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