MIAMI, Fl. – On Monday, Toledo’s 2016 recruiting class rose to eight commits as the Rockets secured a verbal commitment from junior athlete Desmond Phillips. Rated as a three-star prospect on 247sports.com, Phillips held offers from other programs such as Cincinnati, South Florida, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.
For Phillips, what put the Toledo program out in front of the other schools was the honesty that the staff showed as Phillips compiled a series of important questions that would shape his collegial future.
“I had a list of questions to ask them and they answered them excellently,” Phillips said. “I asked what would happen to my scholarship if I get injured in a football game in a way that would end my career among others.”
Toledo’s staff reassured Phillips of his future at the university if such an incident were to occur.
“With the coaches, its great,” Phillips said. “They showed that they really want me inside their program. We mainly talk every day. We’ve been starting to get to know each other even better.”
To be specific, Phillips has built the closest relationship with Jason Candle, his primary recruiter on the Rockets’ staff. Candle–who serves as Toledo’s associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterback coach–has a strong vision of how he will use Phillips’s talent in the future.
Phillips also believes that he can quickly help the Toledo offense at the next level.
“Me personally, I think they are getting a great player because I can make anything happen with the ball in my hand. Me at receiver, I don’t see anyone covering me because of my speed and how athletic I am. I have great football IQ. At quarterback, I think that I can read a defense very well, so when they disguise the coverages I know what’s going on.”
Which position Phillips will play in college, however, is still up in the air.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter what position,” Phillips said. “I just want to get up to college and do something that I love to do.”
At the high school level, Phillips stars at Miami Jackson, playing both quarterback and receiver. At 5’10” and 170-pounds, Phillips has built up a reputation as a versatile playmaker for the Generals’ offense, and he hopes to help lead the Jackson offense to new heights this fall.
“My goal to accomplish at Miami Jackson is to get a state championship before I leave school,” Phillips said. “That’s something I want to do before I graduate.”
With a strong offseason workout plan already in place, Phillips is striving to improve himself before he reaches a college campus next year.
“My offseason has been great,” Phillips said. “My coaches are pushing me harder to do more and to get myself where I need to go.”
As of yet, Phillips has not visited the Toledo campus, although he plans to do so this summer.