Simply wanting to get on the sidelines on Friday nights is something that most freshmen dream of. Very few are able to dress out but a select few are able to see meaningful playing time with the varsity squad on Friday nights. One such player is 2015 wide receiver/cornerback Freddie Phillips of Pelion High School. Putting up solid numbers and with three more years of varsity ahead of him Phillips is "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com network.
As a freshman Phillips made 26 receptions for 423 yards on offense and had 44 solo tackles and 3 interceptions on defense at cornerback for Pelion.
For his efforts on the gridiron in his freshman season a trio of schools are already showing the 2015 prospect interest.
Phillips in fact has camped with the in-state programs already.
"I went to camp with Clemson on June 13th and South Carolina on July 17th."
The 2015 prospect also shared with us the schools he's hoping to hear more from in the recruiting process soon.
"I would like to hear from USC, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Alabama, UCLA, Virginia Tech, LSU, Texas, Notre Dame, Florida State, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, NC State, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan, and Arkansas."
Phillips has seen some tough competition during his young career already but no one as tough as a recent Clemson signee.
"Silver Bluff's Cordrea Tankersley who's headed to Clemson was the toughest guy I faced last season. He was very hard to tackle in the open field because of his speed but he also had a good arm. So he didn't always have to run the ball."
Looking back on last season we asked Phillips if one game in particular stood out to him as his best.
"My best game was against C.A Johnson! That night I had to step up because our primary receiver was out with an injury. So I did just that. I finished the night with 8 receptions for 132 yards, 1 interception, and had 10 tackles."
There's also one game in particular this coming season that Phillips is anxious to play he says.
"Swansea. I didn't have the type of game I would have like to against them last season. So I want to go out and make up for that."
Asked what he feels are his biggest strengths and weaknesses right now Phillips went pretty in-depth with his self analysis.
"As a wide receiver my strengths are my route running, blocking ability, being a downfield threat, and beating beating jams. At cornerback my jamming ability, anticipating the quarterback, and tackling ability are my strengths."
"This off season I'm working on getting better with my technique, footwork, and quickness off the line."
With his sophomore season quickly approaching Phillips talked about the goals he has for his Pelion team and himself on a personal level.
"I want to help my team win a state championship. On a personal level I'd like to have 1,000+ receiving yards, make 8 interceptions, 70+ tackles, and make All-State."
Given his success on both sides of the ball is there a preference as to where he'd like to play on the college level?
"I would like to play wide receiver, but it doesn't matter to me where coaches recruit me, I just want to play!"
Phillips says right now conference strength, early playing time, and atmosphere are some of the biggest factors he's considering when looking at potential colleges.
With his early success, size, strength, and speed we expect more schools to start showering Phillips with interest soon as he's got a great deal of upside as he'll continue to get stronger and faster. With that said keep it locked right here with SCPrepNation.com as we'll bring you all the latest updates regarding Phillips' recruitment moving forward.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...FREDDIE PHILLIPS
Bench press: 250 pounds
Squat: 340 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.56 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.19 seconds
A CLOSER LOOK...FREDDIE PHILLIPS
Favorite food: Crab legs
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite actor/actress: Morgan Freeman/Meagan Good
Favorite music artist: B.O.B
Favorite subject in school: English
Favorite video game: NCAA 13
Dream school: USC Trojans, Florida Gators
Dream date would be with? Mackenzie Taylor
One thing about you that most people would be surprised to know: "I love to play soccer!"