Phillips back from Ala. camp

Drew Phillips is a 6-0, 170-pound athlete from Boaz, Ala. and he recently attended a one-day camp at The University of Alabama. Phillips also went on a whirlwind tour this summer traveling away from home to participate in camps, and taking unofficial visits. He discussed his summer with in this latest interview.

Drew Phillips has made a name for himself this summer as he was invited to camps as far away as Michigan, BYU and Wyoming.

"I went to a four-day camp at The University of Michigan, and it was probably the best camp I attended," Phillips told us.

"I worked as a running back, and we got to go against the linebackers and defensive backs a lot during drills. I enjoyed that a lot."

"I was also selected the most valuable running back at the Michigan camp, and I won the race at the end where they lined up the fastest guys there and ran us all at the same time. I ran a 4.40, 40-yard dash."

"I left Michigan and went straight to a one-day camp at Central Michigan. It was a lot of the same stuff we did at Michigan. I ran a 4.39, 40-yard dash at Central, and they offered me a scholarship while I was there."

"I also camped at BYU, which I enjoyed. I had an offer from BYU before I went to camp, and they talked to me about putting in the 'wildcat formation' for me if I came out there."

"Wyoming talked about the same thing. They told me they could use me in a lot of different ways, including the 'wildcat formation.' I think I could see playing time at Wyoming and BYU during my first season."

"I went to a lot of camps and combines this summer, and I felt like I did well at most of them."

Phillips recently attended a one-day camp in Tuscaloosa and Coach Nick Saban liked what he saw from the talented athlete.

"I worked at cornerback at Alabama, and coach Saban talked to me during, and after we finished."

"I have never played corner, so I didn't know a lot about it. Coach Saban was out there giving me some direction during the drills. He told me what I needed to work on to become a better corner, and he told me he liked my height, speed and field presence."

"I ran the fastest 40-time there, which made the third camp I had the best 40-yard dash. I ran a 4.43 on the grass at Alabama. I ran a 4.40 on the turf at Michigan, and a 4.39 at Central Michigan," Phillips recalled.

"Coach Saban said they were very interested in me, and he would be watching me this fall as I played some defensive back for my team. I am going to play both ways this season. We lost some guys from last year, so Chase Williams and I will have to take up some of the slack."

Phillips also holds offers from SMU, Idaho, Tennessee Martin and Samford.

"I have seven offers right now, with schools like Troy, Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, a lot of others still taking a look at me."

"I have to call Troy's coach tonight and see if they are going to offer me. Coach Noles talked to them today, and they wanted me to call. He (Noles) said he thought they might offer me."

What key factors will help Phillips with a decision?

"I want to go to a school where I can get a good education, and possibly see playing time early in my career. Most schools that are looking at me as a running back run the spread, and all the SEC schools that are looking at me are looking at me as a cornerback, or defensive back. It doesn't matter what position I play, as long as I get to play," Phillips concluded.

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