Sunday, April 20, 2014 1:45 AM
Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
DeMatha wide receiver Cam Phillips has pledged to play college football at Virginia Tech.
Phillips, a senior, chose the Hokies over Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Rutgers among others.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound two-way standout caught 34 passes for 632 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a junior last season.
At the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium, Phillips shined in DeMatha’s 26-9 victory over Godby, a defending Florida Class 5A state champion.
Before a national television audience on ESPN, Phillips caught seven passes for 140 yards and scored on a five-yard reception from quarterback John Lovett.
“With the performance that he turned in, it really sparked DeMatha,” said Adam Friedman, Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst.
Friedman said the Hokies are in desperate need of wide receivers and Phillips could possibly fill the void.
“I don’t know if he’ll be the fix, but maybe he can contribute to the solution at that position for Virginia Tech,” Friedman said.
Phillips became the fourth DeMatha football player to commit to college this year. He made his pledge to Virginia Tech days after classmate Jarriel Jordan Jr. committed to Richmond.
DeMatha running back Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin) and defensive end Deonte Holden (N.C. State) both made verbal commitments in June to play in the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference, respectively. DeMatha running back Mark Allen made a pledge to play at Penn State last October.
The Stags are off to an impressive 2-0 start after victories against out of state rivals. DeMatha opened the season with a 24-20 victory over Phoebus (Va.) and have a tough contest ahead with New Jersey powerhouse St. Joseph Regional this weekend.
“At DeMatha, we expect to win a national championship,” Jordan said.