Editor’s Note: Phillips announced this evening he will be a Kentucky Wildcat. Originally posted prior to the announcement, let Drew Franklin get you acquainted with UK’s third commitment in the 2020 recruiting class.
With Andru Phillips set to announce his decision later today, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the three-star cornerback out of South Carolina, who we hope will soon commit to the Cats over the Cards and Vols.
He grew up in Kentucky.
First and foremost, Phillips is a Kentuckian at heart. His recruiting bio may read Mauldin, South Carolina, but he grew up in the Louisville area, until his dad’s job moved the family away from the Bluegrass a few years ago.
He is one of John Young’s close friends.
Young, the offensive lineman who committed to Kentucky over the weekend, told KSR, “I was childhood friends with him growing up… He’s a guy I think would love to come back home.”
His dad, Carlos Phillips, played at Kentucky in the 1980s.
Phillips is a legacy recruit, meaning he won’t be the first from his family to play at UK if he decides to go that route. His father, Carlos Phillips, played linebacker for Jerry Claiborne in the late 1980s, after competing in the high school AAAA state championship with Owensboro.
His old brother, CJ Phillips, was a star at Morehead State.
Carlos Junior Phillips, Andru’s older brother, started every eligible game of his career, 46 consecutive games, on Morehead State’s offensive line from 2013-16, and was named Second-Team All-PFL in his senior season.
He is also a track and field star at Mauldin.
This past weekend, Phillips came in second in both the long jump and the 100-meter at a regional meet in South Carolina.
He has several football offers.
Phillips lists Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and NC State as his finalists, but he also holds offers from the likes of West Virginia, Wake Forest and Syracuse, among others. Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia also showed interest.
He picked up his UK offer last summer.
— dru (@AndruPhillips) June 12, 2018
He was at the Blue-White game.
Phillips visited Kentucky for the spring game earlier this month, along with childhood friend Young and UK quarterback target Beau Allen.
He was also in town for the South Carolina game last season and again this past weekend.
He moved his announcement up from July.
Phillips had intentions of announcing his decision on July 8, the three-year anniversary of the day he and his family left Kentucky for South Carolina. After visiting Kentucky’s campus for a second time in two weeks this past weekend, he decided it is time to go ahead and announce where he will play college football.
The timing suggests we are in for some good news.