Mike Riley has found potentially another late-bloomer in the Oregon region, plucking offensive guard Skyler Phillips from the Eugene region. The 6-3, 335-340 pounder from Churchill High has burst onto the scene this summer, and the Oregon St. Beavers were quick to grab him and land his commitment.
Heck, if you look at Phillips's recruiting profile, there isn't that much to get excited about.
Rivals: Two stars.
- ESPN: Three stars, 8th best recruit in Oregon, 80th best offensive guard overall
- 247Sports & Scout: No rating.
All of these rankings are puzzling, because Phillips has excelled at the summer camps against elite competition. He scored a 98 plus at the SPARQ, and then posted a 5.3 40 time, which are probably top marks for any offensive linemen of his size. The Nike NFTC provided similar excellent results, where he won the O-line MVP award. Yet he only received one outstanding offer from the Beavers. Perhaps he let other schools know that he was Oregon State through and through early in the process, because the lack of interest other schools showed in his recruitment is peculiar.
Phillips seems to fit the Oregon State recruiting profile down to a tee. He's still developing as a player, but if he does manage to totally condition himself into college shape you can see his upside down the line. His athleticism appears to be elite and he seems really enthusiastic about becoming a Beaver. He doesn't face elite competition and he doesn't stand out on tape, but it's clear that all the potential is there to be another great contributor.
If anything else, it provides the Beavers with yet another quality young lineman (along with an already great 2012 class) that should help Oregon State transition nicely into the next era.