January 18, 2009

Red Raiders add three-star ATH

It wasn't easy for Dallas (TX) Carter athlete Jarvis Phillips to get away this weekend. The star of his school's basketball team, it wasn't ideal for Phillips to be gone the past three days.

"I have basketball right now and I have games," said Phillips. "I kind of felt bad for leaving them out there and missing the game. So I'm not going to miss anymore."

Luckily for the 6-foot-0, 185-pounder, there's no need for him to go on anymore visits.

"The visit was good. It was everything I wanted to see and experience. So I committed."

Phillips made his commitment less than 24 hours after receiving his official offer from the Red Raiders. It was on Saturday afternoon when he was hanging out with the players that made him realize that Lubbock was his home.

"The players were all cool and they just seem like people I can get along with. I knew about Texas Tech football so the players were the only thing I wanted to look at and see what kind of a family it was. They definitely treated me like family."

Player host Jacoby Franks had a huge impact on Phillips final decision.

"He was real cool. He was a big reason of why I committed because he was a good host and he was very cool."

The time spent with the fellow receivers prompted Jarvis to let his future head coach Mike Leach know about his commitment on Sunday.

"He asked me if I wanted to be a Red Raider and I said, 'Yes sir.' He said, 'That's good.' He believes that I can be a good player for the program."

As to which position Phillips will excel at on the next level is still left to be determined.

"I feel like Tech is a great program and I can excel in no matter what position I'll play. I feel like I can play for Coach Leach because he came in and turned the program around."

Another individual that's helped the Red Raiders get the program in the right direction in recent years is NFL-bound wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The two-time Biletnikoff winner is the last time Tech picked up a prospect out of Dallas Carter. No one needs to tell Phillips he has big shoes to fill.

"I hear it all the time. I've gotten used to following him. I'm not going to try to be Crabtree. I feel that what he did at Tech, no one else is going to do it again. I'm just going to try to be the best Jarvis Phillips can be. Nobody can be Crab again."

Though Phillips is his own person, he definitely has a Crabtree-esque attitude about him. When asked which position he preferred, he responded with a familiar quote.

"I want the ball in my hands. I want to have a chance to do something with the ball."

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