The IMG tournament is loaded with talent not only in the Class of 2014 but the classes of 2015 and even 2016 prospects.
One of the top performers is 2015 Miami (Fla.) Central receiver Devonte Phillips, who says he has a number of schools calling but two teams standing out.
“A lot of schools are recruiting me hard right now,” Phillips said. “Miami, Florida State, the Gators, Tennessee and Alabama but Florida and Miami are the two on top right now.”
The 6-foot-1, 189-pound Phillips has a chance to be one of the top players in the state next year and Florida is letting him know how much they want him.
“Coach (Will) Muschamp and coach (Brent) Pease tell me that I can make a big contribution to their offense if I come there,” Phillips said. “They are telling me I have the potential to become a big time play maker for them and that they need me to come there.”
Phillips has a lot of contact with new Florida receiver coach Joker Phillips who has kept the same message throughout their entire relationship.
“Coach Phillips tells me if I come up there that he will take care of me on and off the field,” Phillips said. “He said that he will get me right and he will help me get to the NFL by teaching me everything that he knows about the receiver position.”
Florida fans know that Miami Central High School is loaded year in and year out and recently the Gators picked up a commitment from their running back, Dalvin Cook.
Cook and Phillips are not only teammates but they are also good friends off of the field.
“Dalvin is recruiting me to Florida a lot, pretty much every day,” Phillips said. “He is staying on pretty hard about coming up there with him and he tells me that me and him should continue playing football together in college.”
With Cook and Phillips being such good friends, Phillips says that Cook being at Florida will be a big factor into his decision.
“He will play a big part into my decision,” Phillips said. “Me and him can make plays for Florida.”
This summer, Phillips plans to hit the road to take visits and a stop in Gainesville is on the schedule for the 2015 prospect.