Redlands East Valley always has a national recruit every year and in the 2017 class, that guy will be Jaelan Phillips.
Phillips plays linebacker for REV but at 6-5 and an easy 230 pounds, we think he'll make the move to defensive end in college. He has great junior film and made a big move in the just released 2017 Scout 300 moving from the No. 274 player in the country up to No. 161.
His size, athleticism and ability to play in space, drop in to coverage and rush the passer are all plus tools for him. He plays with a motor, is a tough kid and shows a ton of upside. He's a player we can see continuing to move up the charts during the spring/summer evaluation period and will be recruited nationally as well.
We just had a chance to see Phillips over the weekend at the Pac 5 championship game between Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco to get the latest on his recruitment.
"Things are good right now, I'm just taking things slow and going through the process," Phillips said. "At one point, I thought I might make an early commitment but now I'm starting to think more about taking my visits. I'm not 100% sure either way, I go back and forth on it. It's a big decision obviously and I want to make sure I'm 100% with it."
Phillips has already taken unofficial visits to Arizona, Oregon, Washington, UCLA and USC and said three schools currently stand out for him.
"I like UCLA, Oregon and Washington a lot," Phillips said. "I have a ton of family connections with UCLA, my dad went there, I had an aunt who went there and two grandparents were teachers there, so growing up, that was my team. Once they offered, I think everyone expected me to commit on the spot but I have to make this a business decision and pick the school that fits me best.
"I had great visits to Oregon and Washington. I really liked the coaches and campuses at both places and felt very much at home there. I'm also starting to hear more from Stanford and that would be a big offer for me as well. Like I said, right now, I'm just staying open to everyone and when I feel 100% comfortable with my decision, that's when I'll go ahead and commit."
Check out Phillips' junior highlights above and see why he's such a highly coveted prospect.