August 10, 2007

Waller boys nearing decisions

Waller (Texas) High School athlete Jeremy Phillips is a coach's son. His father, Jim, is the head coach at Waller and is well known in Texas high school coaching circles.

Another famous coaching father from the same Texas high school fraternity has offered Phillips, who projects as a safety at the Division-I level.

North Texas coach Todd Dodge, who enters his first season as the Mean Green head man, offered Phillips during an unofficial visit to Denton, Texas.

"I went up to North Texas and really liked the coaches," he said. "I love how the dorms were close together to the facilities and the cafeteria. It was nice and they are starting to get some players over there."

Along with North Texas, Phillips has offers from Rice, Duke and Army. He has camped this summer at Rice and Houston, but it seems to be a two-horse race for his services.

"It was Rice at the beginning, but now it's between North Texas and Rice," he said. "I like them about the same right now and hope to make a decision by mid-September. "

Phillips' buddy and teammate Trevor Barry also favors the Rice Owls. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end was offered by Rice after unofficially visiting the Houston campus this spring.

"I'm very close to committing to Rice," he said. "I just want to retake the SAT and after that I'm set. I've met the coaches several times and they impressed me from the beginning. We went to their junior day and the coaches came right over and pulled us aside and got to know us. They offered and I was pretty surprised.

"They think I can get up to 250 pounds and be a rush end for them," he said.

Barry hasn't been adding much weight this summer, and it's no wonder considering his strenuous summer job.

"I work with my dad and we hauled watermelons all summer," he said. "That season is over and now we are hauling hay."

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