Virginia Tech landed its second football commitment this week Wednesday when DeMatha Catholic receiver Cameron Phillips chose the Hokies over schools such as Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Rivals.com reported the news and lists Phillips as 6-foot, 178 pounds. Hampton Roads fans can see Phillips in-person Aug. 24 when the Stags travel from Hyattsville, Md., to open their season against Phoebus at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Phillips is Tech’s 16th pledge for the 2014 class and the second receiver, joining Jaylen Bradshaw from Chesapeake’s Oscar Smith High. Hokies punter Michael Branthover is a DeMatha graduate, and past Hokies from the school include receiver Jon Jeffries and linebackers Mikal Baquee and Michael Johnson, the latter a Bruce Smith contemporary who played 10 NFL seasons.
Phillips caught 34 passes for 632 yards and eight touchdowns last season, according to the Roanoke Times’ Andy Bitter. That’s a sterling 18.6 yards per catch, reflecting Phillips’ speed.
Like offensive line -- Tech has five commitments there -- receiver is a position of need. The Hokies' top returning receiver is Demitri Knowles, who caught 19 passes for 240 yards last season.
Commitments are non-binding until February's signing period.
Earlier this week, Tech landed Ohio offensive tackle Brady Taylor. Greg Stroman, a receiver at Stonewall Jackson High in Manassas, is expected to choose between the Hokies and Virginia on Saturday.
Phillips is at least the fifth rising DeMatha senior to commit to a Division I program. Running back Mark Allen pledged to Penn State, defensive end Deonte Holden to North Carolina State, running back Taiwan Deal to Wisconsin and defensive back Jarriel Jordan Jr., to Richmond.
Stags offensive tackle Brock Ruble, listed at 6-9, 300, has offers from the likes of Florida State, Ohio State and Tennessee.
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