On a day that saw four JUCO recruits ink their names to come play in Champaign, the Illinois Fighting Illini were able to grab yet another JUCO recruit as 2014 outside linebacker Carroll Phillips gave Tim Beckman and the Illini his verbal commitment on Wednesday. He will sign with the Fighting Illini come February and plans to enroll in June.
Illinois was able to gain Phillips’ commitment over Middle Tennessee State and Temple.
The Miami native originally planned to played his Division I football with the Cincinnati Bearcats after signing with them in 2011. However, he fell just a half-credit short of qualifying academically for the Bearcats after this past fall semester.
Per the News-Gazette, Phillips had this to say about his commitment to the Orange & Blue:
“It’s going to be a good opportunity and a blessing from God to get back at the Division I level and play in a good conference like the Big Ten. They see me as a guy that can rush from the edge and get into coverage. I like doing both, but I love blitzing and getting after the quarterback.”
Carroll Phillips will compete this offseason for the LEO spot on the Illini defense and he will have three seasons of eligibility with the team.
The two-star recruit is currently ranked 33rd in the state of Mississippi, 13th among outside linebackers, and 221st among 2014 JUCO recruits by 247Sports.
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