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DeMatha Product Cam Phillips Looking To Join Other Marylanders In NFL

February 28, 2018
The NFL has a number of Marylanders playing in the league today, and the 2018 NFL Draft could add to the current list.

Stefon Diggs, Tavon Austin, Zach Brown, Kendall Fuller and Michael Campanaro are just a few of the names already in the league, and former Virginia Tech wide receiver Cam Phillips is looking to be the next.

Phillips lived in North Carolina and moved to Maryland when he was 12 years old when his mom got married. His mother also believed the higher talent level and athletic exposure in the area would benefit Phillips. 

"It was a great decision on her part," Phillips said during an interview on Glenn Clark Radio Feb. 14. 

During his junior and senior seasons at Virginia Tech, Phillips, a product of DeMatha Catholic High School, brought in 983 and 964 receiving yards, respectively. Phillips had 3,027 career reception yards and 17 touchdowns throughout four seasons with the Hokies.

Phillips said film study helped him get involved in the Hokies' offense early in his career. 

"I came in and knew all three or four wide receiver spots and made it really tough for the coaches to take me out," Phillips said. "I think that's just really being professional. This is what I want to be my job, my career, so if I'm going to do it then I want to do it with the best of my abilities."

Phillips -- who recorded 40 receptions for 498 yards as a freshman -- has been invited to the NFL Combine, which runs from Feb. 27-March 5 in Indianapolis. Phillips said he is looking forward to getting a chance to prove himself against some of the top talent in the draft. 

"I think it's a really big opportunity to be on that stage, to be around all the other good players and good wide receivers in the country, only because you don't get to play the teams that might have the other highly ranked players," Phillips said. "You can kind of go toe-to-toe and matchup with those guys in drills." 

Seen by some scouts as a possession receiver with a quick release off the line, Phillips (6-foot, 199 pounds) said he can also return kicks. 

Phillips returned five punts for 34 yards for the Hokies. 

"It's more about just being a good overall all-around football player, understanding the whole game of football and situations is where I really excel at," Phillips said. "Understanding special teams at Virginia Tech really helped me in that aspect." 

Phillips noted the 40-yard-dash as something he thinks could help his draft stock, but he said his knowledge of the game will also be valuable to wherever he lands. 

"I think the film speaks for itself, the production, the ability and the willingness to do certain things, the versatility," Phillips said. "But also [one of my strengths] is that intelligence and maturity, being able to get up on a board and draw up a play and not just what I'm supposed to do. … I think not a lot of people can do that." 

Phillips said getting drafted by a local team, whether it be the Washington Redskins or Baltimore Ravens, would make his mom happy. 

"My mother would be ecstatic; that's what she would really like on her own agenda," Phillips said. "But just having the opportunity to live this dream … it's a blessing."

For more from Phillips, listen to the full interview here:

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Virginia Tech Athletics