March 30, 2009

Cowboys Offer Alabama Product

The UW coaching staff is working on opening inroads to places not in the usual pipeline for Cowboys recruiters. In February the Pokes signed St Simon, Georgia offensive linemen Thomas Vonashek and now are working on the state of Alabama.

The Cowboys offered Drew Phillips, a 5 foot 11 and 182 pound athlete from Boaz, Alabama. The Pokes are among the early leaders for the southeast products services who'll be attending a camp in Laramie in late May.

"They've been really organized in how they recruit me and are high on my list right now," Phillips said. "I'm aware of Coach Christensen and his success at Missouri with Chase Daniel and what he's trying to bring to them. He has a good offensive scheme that can fit my abilities and be successful."

While Phillips lives in the hotbed of college football with schools like Alabama and Auburn dominating his home state, he has familiarity with Wyoming and the Mountain West Conference.

"I know they (Wyoming) beat Tennesee and one of their conference teams Utah beat Alabama," he said. "It looks like a competitive league."

Wyoming staff is looking for a certain type of athlete to fit into Christensen's dynamic scheme at Wyoming and Phillips has the skill set to fit the bill. He plays running back, in the secondary and returns kicks with his better than 4.5 yard speed in the forty-yard dash. The versatility the Cowboys want in Laramie.

"Coach (Jason) Ray has talked with me and they want good overall athletes in their new offense," Phillips said. "They are looking for guys who fit right into what they want to do. I'm a good match for their offense."

Phillips had a big year rushing for over 2,000 yards as a junior while averaging over 6 yards per carry. His strengths are his open field vision, elusiveness and outstanding speed, perfect for a wide open system.

The Boaz Pirate led his team to an 8-4 record and second round appearance in the 5A playoffs.

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