Being a running back in June Jones' offensive system isn't for everyone. But some like the idea of picking up the blitz and from time to time getting in the open field with the football. That is the case with Boaz, Alabama's Drew Phillips
. The talent junior rushed for over 2,196 yards and 18 touchdowns on 317 carries. Earlier today, SMU
Coach Bert Hill dropped by the Pirates practice to watch Phillips.
"Coach Bert Hill came out and watched me today. He said they very interested. My coach told me they have verbally offered me and that I should the piece of mail in the next couple of days," stated Phillips to PonyStampede.com on Monday night. "Coach Hill wants me to call him tomorrow. I'm guessing that is when he is going to tell me."
Before the news today, Phillips (4.50-forty) also had received scholarship offers from Idaho, BYU, and Wyoming. Schools like Michigan, Mississippi, and Alabama, are also showing interest in the 6-0, 185-pound back.
"I know SMU runs the spread and I love the spread. My 9th grade year we ran it and I really did well in it. I'm not a big running back, but I'm quick and like to get out in the open and make plays. When we did run it, we put up nearly 50 points a game. The varsity that year though wasn't playing well and they went to the I-formation," said Phillips. "I don't like it as much. In the spread I can do so many other things like go in motion or be a slot receiver. "
So what is Coach Hill telling Phillips about SMU?
"I have heard they have two different practice fields. They have turf and grass. That is pretty interesting and cool to me. Coach Hill has told me the facilities are really good. I was looking at them on the Internet and they do look pretty nice," said the junior running back. "I was also asking him about the study halls. He has told me they are pretty good and that is great. I want to get my degree. He said they were really good and that you could even get 1-on-1 help. That is great, I really like that."
As a junior, Phillips was selected as Marshall County's most valuable player, to the Marshall County All-County team, the Gadsden Times All-Area team, Huntsville Elite All-Metro Team, and Honorable Mention All-State by the ASWA (5A).
"BYU, Wyoming, SMU, Idaho, and Troy are in my top five. I think that I would like to make my decision before football season starts. I want to keep my grades up and I don't want to be thinking about it, but it all depends," said Phillips.
Phillips also played quarterback out of the "wildcat" formation last season, passing for 222-yards and four touchdowns. He is planning on hitting up the Hilltop on his way back from his BYU visit this summer. His high school coach, Drew Noles will be going on the visit with him. Last year, Boaz finished the season 8-4 overall and losing in the second round of the playoffs.
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Being a running back in June Jones' offensive system isn't for everyone. But some like the idea of picking up the blitz and from time to time getting in the open field with the football. This 2010 recruit fits the mold. Who is it? What is he liking about SMU? If you don't have a PonyStampede.com premium membership, you are missing out!