Whenever DeMatha‘s Cameron Phillips takes the field, using his speed and athletic ability to make plays on both sides of the ball, the junior wide receiver/defensive back hopes that fans reminisce about another multi-talented football player in Maryland.
“I try to model my game after [Stefon Diggs] a little bit,” Phillips said. “It’s amazing that a guy you kind of know on a personal basis is doing the type of stuff he’s doing, being a top player at Maryland.”
So what better way for Phillips to spend his Friday night than to check out Diggs, his muse, in Maryland’s spring football game. The rising sophomore didn’t disappoint, catching eight passes for 159 yards and a score, preventing Phillips and a few of the area’s other top high school recruits from chatting afterward with Diggs, who was swamped with autograph requests.
Along with Phillips, who went to the game on his own, DeMatha’s Jawhaun Bentley and Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor also attended the exhibition. And while Phillips has yet to receive an offer from the Terps, Byrd Stadium is just one of several campus stops the junior wideout stands to visit this summer.
Since catching 34 passes for 632 yards and eight touchdowns in leading DeMatha to the WCAC title game this past fall, Phillips has earned offers from Connecticut, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia. The junior, who said he plans to attend Penn State’s spring game this coming weekend, is receiving interest from South Carolina as well.
Also garnering attention from the Gamecocks is fellow DeMatha wideout Chris Jones. After a last-minute circumstance prevented him from going to Maryland’s spring game, Jones made the trip Saturday for South Carolina’s annual exhibition.
“It was really good; I liked it a lot,” Jones said. “[Assistant] Coach [G.A.] Mangus, who is recruiting me, talked to me and took me around, and then afterward he showed me around the locker room. They want me to stay in contact and come back to visit in a few weeks.”
Lauded for his sound route-running skills and big-play ability, Jones led the Stags this past fall with 40 catches for 710 yards to go with three scores. So far, the junior has offers from Maryland, Connecticut, Hawaii, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo and Wisconsin.
“The recruiting process seems to be shooting up for me recently, so I’m hoping more offers come soon,” Jones said. “I feel like I can be a player that a program can depend on to come in and not be afraid to step up.”
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Dollars raised by North County’s softball team during its first 5K 4 Cancer this past weekend. The funds will go to North County senior Gino DeFilippo, who was diagnosed with leukemia last summer.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
–Chantilly’s Sean McGorty has put together an impressive distance running career, following in the footsteps of his parents and local legend Alan Webb.
–Rockville’s girls’ lacrosse team is rallying together to overcome the tragic loss of teammate Michelle Miller.
–In a rematch of last year’s Maryland 4A semifinal, No. 4 Sherwood topped Magruder, 12-1, in softball action.
–Madison’s boys’ and girls’ rowing teams dominated the Darrell Winslow Regatta this past weekend.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
No. 5 T.C. Williams at No. 9 West Potomac, 7 p.m.
Both of these ranked boys’ soccer teams are looking to get back to their winning ways in this Virginia AAA Patriot District clash. T.C. Williams had shut out its first four opponents before playing to 2-2 ties in its last two games while West Potomac hopes to bounce back from a loss to West Springfield.