Name: Erv Philips
Position: H-back/Wide receiver
Hometown: West Haven, Conn.
High School: West Haven
2014 Stats: A versatile freshman, Philips ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards (727) including his running, receiving and returning totals. His 194 rushing yards is the highest among returning players, aside from Terrel Hunt.
2015 Projections: He's the starting hybrid back or "expressback" in Tim Lester's new system that will emphasize versatility in the offense. The graduation of Syracuse's top two running backs and the dismissal of Ashton Broyld should give Philips more touches in 2015 and more opportunity to show off his speed and elusiveness that came through in 2014.
How'd He Get Here: Philips went to Syracuse's game against Penn State at MetLife Stadium and committed the next day. He had an offer from Temple and drew interest from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Scout - 2*, Rivals - 2*, 247 - 3*, ESPN - 3*
Money Quote: "I didn't have a lot of offers because my grades weren't there, but Syracuse stuck with me throughout my whole senior year," Philips said. "... I knew I had a goal. I knew what I wanted to do. It was to come here and play."
Tweets of Wonder:
DontSleep #14— Ervin Philips (@Ambition1_) April 4, 2015
I just wanna sleep— Ervin Philips (@Ambition1_) April 4, 2015
What Does Shafer Think of Him: On Philips recruitment...
"As I watched the video, I felt like it was a no brainer. I think sometimes kids in New England get overlooked. I think that was definitely the case with Erv. I coached at a lot of places and he could've played anywhere."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Before Philips, there were no Syracuse commits from Connecticut since Ken Tinney (Class of 05), who never played for the Orange. SU got three players from Connecticut a year after Philips' commitment.
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