Boaz, Alabama running back Drew Phillips has stated in previous Scout.com articles that BYU is his favorite school. After visiting the Hilltop this past weekend, the junior is starting to sing a different tune.
“After seeing SMU's campus today, I would have to say SMU is my number one school at this point,” stated Phillips to PonyStampede.com on Sunday night. “The campus is just ballin. It was pretty sick and ridiculous. I really liked it a lot. It's got the Boulevard and every building is on that Boulevard. Thats really nice. Everything is right there. The whole trip was awesome.”
Last season, the Marshall County Alabama most valuable player rushed for over 2,196 yards and 18 touchdowns on 317 carries. Phillips(4.50-forty) also has 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.
“My favorite part overall on my trip had to be the stadium. It was really cool. They have the room on the side of it with the Doak Walker Heisman trophy. It had his picture and his cleats, it got me pumped up seeing those things,” said Phillips. “Then we (fellow linebacker Chase Williams) went into the locker room, they had my jersey laid out on the table. My number one jersey and twenty-one was laid out as well for Chase. That got me pumped up. I took a picture of it.”
The Mustangs laid out the royal carpet for the Boaz duo, assigning Coach Hill and Coach Ross to take care of the touring duties. During their time on campus, other coaches would frequently stop by for a few minutes and join the party.
“Coach Hill and Coach Ross took us. I really like Coach Ross a lot. He is really outgoing. He is originally from Boaz, and we got a long really good. He was cracking jokes with us. It was nice,” stated the junior. “We have a Hall of Fame in Marshall, and he's in it. He used to coach in Boaz. He has a picture on a plaque in there, I actually read it before coming down to SMU. I also liked Coach Hill a lot. He is a big guy.”
It wasn't until the near completion of Phillips' trip, that ht got to meet Coach June Jones.
“We got to meet Coach Jones and that was pretty awesome. It was an honor. He is pretty much the mastermind of offense in college football. He said he was really excited to have us there and checking out things,” said Phillips. “After that, Chase and me split up. He went to the defensive room, and I stayed with Coach Jones to watch offensive tape. He said that he could see me playing running back, but also at my size playing as a receiver. He said that if I wanted to make it to the next level, it would be better to try as a receiver. I really don't have the NFL size of a running back right now. He was telling me about how they are going to put the Wildcat formation and how I would be perfect to play the quarterback spot in it.”
So after his visit, has things changed as far as a timetable for a decision from Phillips?
“I was planing on waiting until after the football season to make a decision. I wanted to see what kind of letters came in during the year, but after my visit today, it might make my decision to decide before the season a lot easier. The facilities and coaching staff were great at SMU.”
Coming up later today, read Boaz linebacker Chase Williams' thoughts on his visit to SMU!