Now that signing day for the class of 2017 is a couple weeks in the rear view mirror, the Utes are turning their attention to the 2018 class.
With Hunter Lotulelei and Jack Tuttle already on board, Utah will be looking to add more premier talent to next year’s class. One player in particular Ute fans should keep an eye on is San Marcos (Calif.) receiver Kyle Philips.
Phillips is a 5 foot 11 inch 185 pound 4-star receiver, with an impressive combination of competitive attitude, athleticism, and talent. “When I’m out on the field, I get competitive, I want to embarrass guys out there,” Phillips said. “I feel like I’ve got pretty quick feet, I run sharp routes, and I try to catch everything thrown my way. I’ve worked hard on my game and train with some great people, I think for me, I try to watch what other receivers are doing and try add it to my game.”
Currently holding offers from schools such as Arizona, Cal, Boston College, Oregon, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Boise State and Utah, Phillips has two that are standing out more than the others. “Right now, I’d say Cal and Utah stick out to me, Oregon does too, I don’t have plans yet for the summer and I’d like to visit all the schools that have offered me, but I for sure want to take trips to those schools.”
One reason why Utah stands out to Phillips is his relationship with their 2018 quarterback commit Jack Tuttle. “Oh man, we’ve been best friends since we were like 5 years old. We grew up playing football together, literally we’re best friends," he said.
Tuttle is not only best friends with Phillips, but he’s become quite the recruiter as well. “Jack’s constantly talking to me about Utah. Just the other night, we were at a basketball game and he was like, ‘Kyle, we gotta go to Utah. Kyle, we gotta go to Utah’ all night long. He’s always talking to me about playing together, and how he wants to build something special at Utah, which would be pretty cool to be a part of, of course, I have to make sure it’s the right fit for me still.”
It’s not just Tuttle doing all the leg work for Utah. Coach Fred Whittingham is Phillips’ recruiter and he’s developed a pretty good relationship with him. “He’s great. He’s a lot of fun, and we’ve developed a good relationship. You can tell he’s genuine and honest, which I appreciate,” he explained.
Utah’s recent coaching change at offensive coordinator is also something that intrigues Phillips a little more, “I haven’t had the chance to talk to Coach Taylor just yet, but it sounds like his offense wants to get the ball to receivers which of course, is a good thing to me,” he said.