With nearly 14 months remaining until he has to sign his letter of intent, 2015 prospect Da’Vante Phillips has decided to reopen his recruitment. The 6’1″, 189-pound wide receiver from Miami, FL (Central) was Florida’s lone member of the 2015 recruiting class.
Phillips currently receives four stars from each of the four major recruiting services. Only Rivals and Scout have him outside of their top 100 juniors, but barely. Rivals ranks him No. 103 overall while Scout put Phillips at No. 106. He is expected to maintain or improve upon his rankings as one of the nation’s top wide receivers during the 2014 high school football season.
Phillips committed to Florida in late July, joining Miami Central teammate Dalvin Cook as prospective future Gators. Not long after his commitment, he stated he was still looking at other programs, primarily Miami. The Hurricanes are very much back into the mix now and the timing of Phillips’ decommitment makes many wonder where Cook will go when he announces his final choice on January 2, 2014. While the two may not be a package deal, Phillips has decided to see how the 2014 class plays out before making his final decision.
This doesn’t mean the Gators are out of it for the talented wide receiver, but it does mean they now have to fight to get him back. With the hiring of a new offensive coordinator and the upcoming announcements of several currently committed but wavering 2014 recruits, there’s plenty for Phillips to consider. Luckily, and maybe not so much at the same time, Florida has plenty of time before he has to make his final decision.