Clemson was not one of the first major programs to offer SAF Jalyn Phillips of Lawrenceville, GA, but the Tigers are the last team standing with him after his commitment announcement for the Tigers this afternoon. Phillips had narrowed his decision to Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma. At Clemson, he will join teammate cornerback Andrew Booth in the 2019 class.
Phillips didn’t pick up his offer from Clemson until an unofficial visit in early June. But even at that point he had the Tigers in his top five and from there things just grew stronger between the Tigers and him. He said he understood why the Clemson coaches didn’t rush to offer him.
“They said to stay patient and they wanted to see me play at free safety and that I can cover and come down and hit people. It was definitely a blessing, a dream come true.”
Phillips was favoring Oklahoma prior to receiving the Clemson offer. He said he made his decision earlier this summer then decided to announce today, his birthday.
“The atmosphere there is incredible,” Phillips said. “I have good relationship with all the coaches. Coach Venables shows so much passion in running the defense that it gives me goosebumps. They are another program that stays in the winning column.”
Two other winning factors for Clemson with Phillips were the location and his long-standing relationship with safeties coach Mickey Conn.
“They are close to home and I know the entire coaching staff,” he said. “I’ve known Coach Conn since I was a little kid.”
Archer High has one of the most talented teams in Georgia this season and Clemson has come away with the gems in the secondary in Phillips and Booth.
“That’s going to be something special to see,” he said of playing in the Clemson secondary with his buddy.
Last season Phillips was in on 58 tackles with 1 interception. At this point, he does not plan to sign until February.
He’s the fourth safety commitment for the class and the 23rd overall.