Recruiting Spotlight: Freddie Phillips Jr.

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Deacs win the battle for North Carolina by landing stud wide receiver Freddie Phillips?

Freddie Phillips Jr. is a 2015 wide receiver and saftey prospect from Pelion, South Carolina. Though he has all the tools to be considered at both positions, he is being recruited as a wide receiver. Phillips received an offer from the Deacs on March 29th during his unofficial visit and will choose between North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest on Wednesday. I really like the Deacs chances of landing Phillips and so do the Crystal Ball predictions at 247 Sports.

At 6'2 195lbs, Phillips has good quickness and speed for his size. His long and muscular frame allows him to box out defenders and catch the ball away from his body, a style similar to San Francisco wide out Anquan Boldin.

FP3 box out on Make A Gif

Creating separation appears to be an area in need of improvement, but Freddie's use of his body and ability to catch the ball in a crowd often compensates and is an asset in the red-zone. Phillips was the focal point in a run heavy offense at Pelion, and was used him in a variety of ways including snaps at quarterback, in the backfield running the option and as a slot receiver.

FP3 on Make A Gif

His deceptive shiftiness and physical running style make him incredibly difficult to bring down. The film also shows big play ability as his combination of size and speed takes away any notion of single coverage and his elusiveness in the open field draws attention on short routes.

Freddie Phillips is a hell of a prospect, and his athletic range and versatility will give him a chance at early playing time. My favorite part about Phillips is his toughness and versatility, if you watch his film for 2 minutes you will see him throwing stiff arms and making plays from 10 different spots on the field.

FP3 stiff arm on Make A Gif

Phillips would be an outstanding addition to Coach Clawson's offense, and with some improvement in route running he could be a big time play-maker for years to come.

Please stay with us for up to date coverage of Freddie Phillips Jr. and the rest of the 2015 recruiting targets. Also be sure to follow Freddie on Twitter and as always, go Deacs!

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