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Luke Phillips Gets College Offer

July 9, 2014
St. Lukes Episcopal School



St. Luke's two-sport star Luke Phillips receiving college interest in baseball, football

 
Ben Thomas | bthomas@al.comBy Ben Thomas | bthomas@al.com 
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on July 08, 2014 at 1:59 PM, updated July 08, 2014 at 2:08 PM
 

MOBILE, Alabama - Recruiting interest is starting to pick up for St. Luke's multi-sport star Luke Phillips.

The rising senior has received considerable football interest this summer and has at least one baseball offer already in his pocket.

"We're starting to see more schools come in and take a look at Luke," Wildcats' football coach John Beverly told AL.com. "He can do so many things well on the football field as well as on the baseball field, and I think that will obviously help him down the road."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback, who transferred from Saraland following his sophomore season, started every game for St. Luke's last season, leading the Wildcats to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Phillips rushed for 812 yards and eight touchdowns on 113 carries and completed 90-of-165 passes for 1,480 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was intercepted just six times.

"He has an uncanny ability to read defenses," Beverly said. "He's got a knack for finding holes. He really runs our offense perfectly, and we try to utilize his strengths. He likes to run the football. He's fast out of the backfield and is really good at reading and dissecting defenses. He is great on the run-pass option game."

Though he has yet to receive his first football offer, Phillips has received interest of late from Arkansas State, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Lafayette, Stetson, South Alabama and Navy among others.

"A lot of people like what they have seen of Luke at camps and things like that, but just want to see him in game situations," Beverly said. "(Current Southern Miss running back) George Payne was kind of the same way. I don't think he received his first offer until Week 5 or 6. Luke may be the same way, but he has the demeanor where he won't be worried about it, and he shouldn't be. They'll come."

Beverly said Phillips also would play some at safety on defense in key situations for the Wildcats this year.

He was a first-team All-State and All-Region pick at second base in baseball this spring, leading St. Luke's to its second straight Class 1A state title. Phillips hit .439 with 31 RBIs, 47 runs scored and 27 stolen bases.

The St. Luke's coaching staff moved him from the cleanup spot to the leadoff spot during the season, where he clearly sparked the Wildcats' offense.

"He can play multiple positions," new St. Luke's coach Josh Eddington said. "We can use him as a pitcher, though he mainly only came in as a closer this year. He can throw 84 or 85 mph without really even working at it very much. He played mostly second for us but could play short, third or even in the outfield. He's got good power, good speed and a great on-base percentage."

Eddington said Phillips had a baseball offer from L.B. Wallace and interest from Wallace-Hanceville, Chipola Junior College and Nicholls State.

"I think he's interested in playing both sports if he can work it out at the right place," Eddington said. "He has a great love for baseball and obviously has had great success. If he gets the right opportunity, I think he would be interested in pursuing both."


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