All-State Junior QB Names Five

As a junior, Bath County quarterback Jacob Phillips was named Group A First Team All-State in Virginia. Now, with just one more season of high school football remaining, Phillips is beginning to receive attention from some of the nation's top colleges.

When recruiters look at Bath County High School quarterback Jacob Phillips, the one word that comes to mind is "winner." Phillips, a 6-3, 185 pound athlete out of Hot Springs, impressed the state of Virginia last season, leading Bath County to a 10-0 regular season and a 12-1 record overall.

For his effort, Phillips was named Associated Press Group A First Team All-State as a quarterback. Phillips, who possesses 4.8 speed in the 40, threw for almost 800 yards and 10 touchdowns in an option style offense as a junior. Phillips also rushed for 1,000 yards, averaging 8.9 yards per carry.

As an AP All-State quarterback averaging 8.9 yards per carry as a junior, colleges throughout the eastern United States have begun to pick up on this top-notch prospect. "UVa is talking to me a little bit and [Virginia] Tech's in touch with me a little bit too," Phillips said. "Some of the other teams I get letters from that I like are Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Wake Forest."

Although Phillips notes that he is willing to go out of state, he would like to stay in Virginia if possible. "I want to stay in Virginia, and am hoping to go to UVa or Virginia Tech, really, but I'll play anywhere that I've got a good opportunity," Phillips said.

This summer, it looks as if Phillips will do just that, play anywhere that he has a good opportunity. He will be attending a host of camps at various colleges within the region.

"I'm going to the NIKE camp at Virginia Tech May 17th," Phillips said, "and we're going to one team camp, I think at WVU. I'll probably go to VT skills camp too and maybe another one."

With all these camps lined up, it's going to be a hectic summer for Phillips. And, if he continues to play well on the gridiron and continues to impress college scouts, it's going to be a hectic recruiting process too.

Stay tuned.

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