Kolby Phillips

USC over the weekend became the first to offer 2021 CB Kolby Phillips (6-1 175) of Nashville, and he’s not wasting any time following up on that offer. Phillips said he will be in attendance Saturday when the Gamecocks play host to Florida. Phillips is coming off a visit to Western Kentucky. He also has been to Kentucky, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Texas A&M.

Phillips comes from an area USC has recruited hard, and with success, with Bobby Bentley working the territory. That history was a big part of the offer.

“Their coaching staff is close to my coaches and they discussed me,” Phillips said. “They watched my film and offered me. I think it’s great. They would definitely be in my top five. I love everything about the program and I love the defensive backs that they have there already, so me potentially going there is a very high chance.”

Phillips said from what he’s heard from recruiters, the college coaches love his coverage skills.

“How I read the quarterback, my technique, my ability to break on the ball, and how I’m physical and aggressive, a ball hawk,” Phillips said. “I make plays and am always at the right place at the right time on the field.”

Phillips is just now catching on as a football player, and that probably has something to do with his low offer count at this point. He had considered himself strictly a basketball player until a former coach convinced him to give football a try last year.

“He would always say I was a natural and had potential, so this summer I went hard every day and it’s prevailing this season,” Phillips said.

After his visit to USC this weekend, Phillips plans to visit Vanderbilt next weekend.

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