Big-Time DB Emerges This Spring

With the spring Evaluation Period ending, one player emerged from nowhere as one of the top defensive back prospects in Southern California for the 2015 class...

It's tough to call a player who's nearing double digit offers a ‘sleeper' but Philip Afia has somehow flown a bit under the radar until recently. When you watch just a few plays from his junior tape, it's easy to see why colleges are all over him right now.

Afia has great size at about 6-3, 190 pounds and high level athleticism. He's a natural free safety who covers a ton of ground in the secondary and has very good ball skills.

He also brings a physical element to the position and is a big hitter. He'll lay the wood on a receiver going over the middle and is very good coming up and punishing a running back as well. He shows good instincts, is always around the ball and is easily among the most versatile safeties in the West.

On the recruiting front, Afia has eight scholarship offers on the table. Boise State was the first to step up and offer the safety, offering at the end of February. You can also add Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah and Washington State to the offer mix as well.

"I never expected this," Afia said. "It keeps me humble and it's a very exciting time for me. Most of the schools offered just off my film but all of those schools have come by my school to see me as well.

"I plan to camp with USC and UCLA in the summer and I want to try and also visit all the in-state schools that have offered as well. I would love to make a trip to Oregon State too if I can so hopefully that can happen."

As for a timeframe for a decision, Afia is in no hurry and wants to take his official visits.

"I don't want to rush anything, I want to take my visits to make sure I'm making a good decision. I don't have any leaders right now, I feel close with all the schools that have offered, they're all showing me a lot of love.

"I know I would like to play in the Pac 12 so those schools probably have the best opportunity but I'm still open to everyone. I'm excited to go through the process more and hopefully more offers will continue to come in for me."

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