March 14, 2009

Jersey standout loves UGA

One of the most talented running backs in Georgia Bulldog history is about to begin a promising NFL career.

Knowshon Moreno came to Athens as the all time leading scorer in New Jersey history with 128. Another Garden State standout, wide receiver Shakim Phillips, is hoping to have a chance to star in Athens as well.

Phillips, at 6-foot-2, 191-pounds, had a productive junior season, with 40 receptions for 765 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also returned 13 kicks for 339 yards and a score and rushed for 289 yards and a touchdown. That paved the road for his inclusion in the Rivals100 released this week.

"I was happy to be ranked in the top100 but I cannot let that go to my head, I still have work to do," Phillips told UGASports on Thursday.

Phillips brings top level talent to his De Paul Catholic football team, including a 38-inch vertical. What the Wayne, New Jersey athlete brings to the table is simple in Phillips' eyes.

"I try to catch every ball; it is as simple as that," he said. "Really no matter where the quarterback puts it, whether it is overthrown or not, I try to catch every pass."

Phillips received an offer from Wisconsin on this week, bringing his total to nine overall. While Phillips is excited about his options, he knows one school he likes has yet to pull the trigger on him.

"I am not sure if Georgia is close to offering and I just do not know where they stand," Phillips said. "I still really like Georgia. I grew up a fan of them, actually."

The four star prospect has gotten to know one of the Bulldog coaches pretty well, and they have let him know that while they have not offered, they are still interested in him.

"Coach John Lilly recruits me for Georgia. I really like him, we talk about academics, sports, football, and we talk about everything," Phillips began. "He said they want to see me down in a camp first I think," he said. "They also want me to come to spring practice as well, so I will be down there soon for my first visit to Athens."

When Phillips begins to trim his list down and decide his best fit, he will know what to look for in his final schools.

"I know that I want good academics, a successful football program, and a campus that I will love," Phllips acknowledged.

Phillips is still getting used to the hectic nature of being a high profile recruit. There are a lot of factors involved with such a major decision, and the talented wideout has a support group to guide him in the right direction.

"I am not sure when I want to commit, my coach wants me to wait till after the season, so I will have more time," Phillips said. "I do not have any favorites; I am still taking everything in with recruiting."

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