February 29, 2008

Lafayette County, Miss. ATH gets offer

Ole Miss hasn't had an abundance of success with local area prospects in recent years.

There was four-star Justin Woodall from Lafayette County High School who opted for Alabama two years ago. In 2007, it was three-star linebacker Jonathan Frink who picked Stanford. Mixed in was Jamison Hughes, who signed with Ole Miss, but transferred to join his father, Tony, who is now coaching at Southern Miss.

It appears that the new Rebel staff will have to do battle to land the latest hot prospect, Lafayette County's Montez Phillips, a 6-foot-3, 190 pound prospect, who accounted for almost 1,800 yards of offense as a junior last fall.

Phillips, who is a cousin to Rebel starting linebacker Jamie Phillips, picked up an early offer from Mississippi State and added another offer on Monday.

"I went over and sat down with the coaches," Phillips said on Thursday. "We went over my film and I talked with several coaches and they told me I had a scholarship offer with my name on it."

"That made me feel really good."

In addition to the two offers, Phillips is getting letters from Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Stanford, and Southern Miss.

"I really didn't grow up a fan of any of the in-state schools," Phillips said. "If anything, I kind of liked LSU."

There was speculation that the early offer from State might have persuaded Phillips to commit early, but he's now adjusted his timeline.

"I'll probably make a decision and commit right before the season," Phillips said.

For now, Phillips says he's wide open when it comes to picking a school.

Also for now, Phillips his not getting any pressure from his cousin, Jamie, about joining the Rebels.

Jamie Phillips wasn't recruited by Ole Miss, but played one season and Northwest C.C. and joined the team last January and saw substantial playing time last fall as a walk-on.

Montez Phillips racked up 834 yards rushing last season as a quarterback and threw for 958 yards, hitting on exactly half of his 136 passing attemps.

Phillips said he would like to play quarterback in college, but if that doesn't work out, then he'll play wide receiver.

He has a 2.5 GPA and will take the ACT for the first time in April.

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