For most high school football players in the Dallas area exposure to large university football programs comes on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. But for 2013 linebacker prospect Xavier Phillips his opportunities to show his talents were slim due to attending All Saints Episcopal School, a private school in Fort Worth.
It wasn't until he asserted himself in the recruiting process that he began garnering attention from universities for his abilities. He attended Baylor's camp at Lake Highlands on June 8 and the Baylor staff was impressed enough with his workout to offer him the same day.
"Getting some exposure publically effected my offer status. Not too many people knew about me because I played private school ball and I started a little late on the recruiting process," Phillips said.
"Baylor was my first camp."
Phillips has also attended a TCU camp and expects for them to offer soon.
So what was it that made Phillips decide to jump on board with the Bears?
"It had the best combination of academics and football."
Phillips, who scored a 1610 on the SAT, has received offers from some of the most prestigious academic schools in the nation including Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
The linebacker prospect, who is primarily being recruited by Coach Jim Gush, said that he and the coaching staff talked briefly about possibly moving to defensive end after getting to school.
"Kinda sort of. They really like my speed off the ball."
Sharing the opinion of many Baylor commits in the 2013 class, Phillips put it bluntly when asked if there was anything he would like to share with Baylor fans.
"Expect for this class to bring some championships to Waco."
Phillips is the fourth linebacker commit of Baylor's class.
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