Ole Miss lands top JUCO RB over Mississippi State, LSU
After impressing in the junior college ranks, Ellisville, Miss. running back Scott Phillips will get an opportunity to play in the SEC.
Phillips, an NJCAA All-American at Jones County Junior College, committed to Ole Miss on Saturday. He told Annie Costabile of The Clarion-Ledger that he also had offers from LSU, Mississippi State and Miami, but feels he’s best fit or Ole Miss’ offense.
“I know I’m going to have to come in and compete for a job,” Phillips said. “[Running backs coach Derrick] Nix said he loves my running style. They already have an electrifying offense. I feel like I’ll be another asset. I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I run downhill and I feel like I’ll be a great asset to balance out the running and passing game at Ole Miss.”
Last season at Jones County, Phillips rushed for 1,112 yards, an average of 123.6 yards per game. He’ll play another season in the JUCO ranks this fall before joining the Rebels in 2018. He had offers from Miami and UAB to transfer and join those squads this summer, but opted to wait and play for the Rebels next season.
Ole Miss now has 10 pledges in its 2018 class with Phillips being the first running back to commit.
Correction: An earlier version of the article referred to the school as Jones County Community College.