CB Andru Phillips (6-1 176) of Mauldin visited USC earlier this month for a mini-junior day and feels the Gamecocks feel strongly about him. Not strong enough to offer yet but strong enough to have him high up on their board for 2020 corners.
“I got to see the new facilities and they look great,” Phillips said. “And then got to talk to the coaches and they showed me around and told me how much they like me. Then, coach Muschamp brought me to his office and talked to me and my family, just telling me where we stand right now in recruiting. They said I’m an offer guy, they’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the past class that just finished and then they’re going to see where I stand.”
Last season Phillips had 50 tackles with 2 interceptions and 13 pass deflections. He said the Gamecocks like what they see of his coverage skills.
“They like my feet and my hips and how I understand the game,” Phillips said. “I’m smart on the field and I run down hill and hit.”
Phillips already has some major offers to consider but one from USC would give him a lot to think about.
“If I got the opportunity, I would like it a lot,” he said. “Just because of what they’ve got going on, and playing SEC football. They are really stepping up their game and their program to be at the top of the SEC the next couple of years. That’s what I really like about it.”
Phillips has offers from Virginia Tech, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Penn State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. He’s also hearing from Clemson and the Tigers are telling him some encouraging things.
“They are showing me a lot of interest right now,” Phillips said. “They say I’m at the top of their board for my position and they are trying to get me up there around the coaches and everything. They talk to me and and tell me where I’m going to play and I feel like I will fit into their scheme well. And they are coming off a national championship and that’s real big. They’re playing top football.”
Phillips also has visited Kentucky and Virginia Tech. He is going to Wake Forest next weekend, North Carolina the weekend after that, Clemson on March 9th and East Carolina March 23rd. And he plans to visit USC again for a spring practice.
Phillips said he’d like to make his decision coming out of the spring or early in the summer.