A few weeks ago, we learned that A.L. Brown (NC) 2013 running back Kalif Phillips gave a verbal committment to the Charlotte 49ers, meaning a nice local find for Brad Lambert and his staff. Phillips (5’10”, 190), who was also offered by App State, Elon and Western Carolina, is the focus of our latest Recruit Confidental.
The first thing to get to about Phillips is what he did on November 10 of this year against Hickory Ridge in the second round of the Class 3AA playoffs. His 31 carries for 361 yards would be eye popping enough without mentioning the fact that he rushed for seven touchdowns.
You read that right–seven.
To put it in perspective, the Wonders beat the Ragin’ Bulls 69-55, with Phillips accounting for 44 (counting a two-point conversion) of the 69 points his team scored that night. Unfortunately, his team’s season ended a week later as they were trounced by Charlotte Catholic, 49-18.
All told, Phillips rushed for a total of 1,833 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He was also used as a receiver in Mike Newsome’s offense and was a dangerous option as a kick returner (running back a 96-yarder at Rocky River for a score on August 31). He’ll be a Shrine Bowl participant on Saturday down at Wofford with future Niner teammates Jordan Starnes, Jachin Watkins and Jamar Winston.
With Phillips’ addition, the Niners will be carrying at least five options at RBs (two athletes) come fall, including Alan Barnwell, Donjore Gainey, Chris Duffy and Watkins. That’s not including any pending JUCO transfers. No highlights from senior year yet, but some of his junior year highlights are available right now in The Hub.