DeMatha rising senior wide receiver Cam Phillips committed to play football at Virginia Tech Wednesday, choosing the Hokies from a list of five finalists that included Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Rutgers.
“I just felt real comfortable. I liked everything about the school,” Phillips said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I didn’t want to prolong the situation. So you know, get it over with, get ready for the season.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver caught 34 passes for 632 yards last year, scoring a total of eight touchdowns while establishing himself as one of the more productive offensive threats on the Stags roster by making plays at both receiver and defensive back. His best game was last season’s opener against Hillside (N.C.), when he caught seven balls for 145 yards and scored four touchdowns.
In April, while still trying to sort out his recruitment, he told the Post that he “tried to model his game” after former Good Counsel star Stefon Diggs, now one of the top sophomore receivers in the country at Maryland.
But Maryland failed to crack the top-five in Phillips’ decision making-process this summer, and although he didn’t make visits to West Virginia or Wisconsin, he still felt comfortable in pulling the trigger on Virginia Tech on the final day of July. He told his mother that he wanted to make a selection before his senior season started, and he stuck by his word. DeMatha’s fall camp opens Thursday.
Phillips is the second Stags player to commit to a college football program during the last week. Six days ago, defensive back Jarriel Jordan Jr. committed to Richmond.
“I’m very excited now. The only thing I’m focused on is trying to go undefeated this year,” Phillips said.
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