Illinois football’s 2017 recruiting class has just received a huge boost. Four-star linebacker DelShawn Phillips flipped his commitment from Arizona to Illinois on Wednesday night, and he’s expected to sign a National Letter of Intent this week. Scout has pegged the 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect as the No. 14 overall JUCO prospect. The possibility of this announcement was first reported by Illini Inquirer.
Phillips made his decision in a rather unconventional and hilarious way. Check out his video for yourself!
Woke her up from her nap thought she was gone kill me‼️ pic.twitter.com/QA9YeDcoyS— King Phillips (@PROseason) December 15, 2016
Phillips, a Detroit native, was originally a Western Michigan commit coming out of high school. Phillips wound up at Garden City Community College, where he helped lead the team to a 2016 National Championship; he logged 95 tackles — including 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks — last season.
Phillips will have three years to play two seasons upon arriving in Champaign. As the roster currently stands, it looks as if Phillips will have a legitimate shot at earning a starting spot right out of the gate.