Newcomer Profile - Erick Phillips

A look at running back Erick Phillips

Erick Phillips
Running Back, 5-10, 210 lbs., 4.5
Davidson High, Hilliard, Ohio

One of the most highly touted recruits in the ‘02 class … rushed for 1,845 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season … led Hilliard Davidson to a 12-1 record and a spot in the regional finals for Ohio's largest class, Division I … named all-Ohio first-team for Division I in his senior season.

Phillips was held under 100 yards only once in the team's 13 games … runs with great determination and power to go with quick moves … body type is much like that of current WVU running back Quincy Wilson … named all-District Player of the Year … named the 2001 Central Ohio Running Back of the Year by the Agonis Club in conjunction with the Columbus Dispatch … SuperPrep Player of the Year … named his conference's Player of the Year … two-time first team all-district.

Rushed for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior season … rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore for Davidson head coach Brian White.

"He has everything you look for," White said. "He can run inside and outside. He also catches the ball really well. He catches it with his hands and rarely lets it get into his body.

"Erick is really well-suited to a one-back set. We run a double wing option style, similar to Navy or Air Force, and that probably wasn't the best use of his talents."

Rushed for 4,858 yards in his career … team MVP in his junior and senior seasons … he chose West Virginia over Michigan, Penn State and Indiana … decided on the Mountaineers after his visit to Morgantown on the weekend of Nov. 30 … generally regarded as one of the top 50 prep running backs in the nation … should be a model player and student, according to coach White.

"The only thing that really matches his ability on the field is his character," said White.

Plans to enroll in general studies … son of Carl and Ericka Phillips.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Erick is a guy who will be a one-back, though he also could play some fullback for us. We think he was one of the better running backs in Ohio. He's a good student, and before long, we figure he'll be a tough, strong, 215-pound running back."

What Herb Hand says: "Erick Phillips is a very physical running back, but he also has some nifty moves. He's built along the same lines of Quincy Wilson – shorter, compact and strong. Erick is a great talent, and a lot of people in Ohio were surprised that we could get him because a lot of good schools were after him."

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