It was pretty widely expected that Casey Phillips would end up in the Big 12. When you live in the Big 12 footprint, there’s a certain level of pressure to stay in the Midwest, and Casey Phillips did just that, committing to Baylor yesterday. It seems like every Big 12 team gets at least one homegrown mauler on the offensive line every recruiting class, and the Bears filled their yearly quota with this commitment.
— Casey Phillips (@PhillipsCasey1) March 18, 2017
THE PHILLIPS FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|Casey Phillips||Franklin, TX||OT||71||⭐⭐⭐|
Phillips is the 4th recruit to join the 2018 Baylor recruiting class, and the third offensive tackle. His commitment moves the Bears to 33rd in the 247Sports class rankings, and 5th in the Big 12. He chose Baylor over offers from Minnesota, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and Kansas.
Phillips committed to Baylor in Waco, as he was on a visit when he made his decision. He had this to say about the decision, via 247Sports:
“It just felt like it was the right spot for me academically and athletically. The coaches there care about how you succeed in football but after football as well and that is very important,”
Phillips is a big get for Matt Rhule, literally. He’s got a big frame, coming in at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, but he still looks like he has some filling out to do. He should be able to add a ton of muscle to his frame, and if he can get a little leaner, he should thrive in Baylor’s up-tempo style. Even when he adds that muscle, he’s still a very raw offensive lineman. He eats linebackers for lunch, but he’ll absolutely need to refine his technique for a couple of years before he’ll be able to stop some bigger Big 12 defensive ends. His main strength is his quickness, and willingness to hit.