Syracuse has a history of recruiting strongly in the state of Connecticut - just ask Dwight Freeney. That tradition continued over Labor Day Weekend when Ervin Phillips, a running back West Haven, Connecticut, committed to Scott Shafer and the Orange.
The 5-11, 175 pound tailback was in attendance Saturday to watch Syracuse take on Penn State in gigantic MetLife Stadium. The Orange dropped the game to the Nittany Lions, but Phillips still really liked what he saw.
Temple was in hot pursuit of Phillips, too. However, the next day he announced - via Twitter - his commitment to Syracuse.
In 2012, Phillips carried the rock 124 times for 1,057 yards, amassing 23 total touchdowns. He is currently pegged as the No. 18 all-purpose back in the country by 247 Sports. Phillips is shifty, elusive, and a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield. He also returns kicks for West Haven (Conn.) High School.
Here are some highlights of Phillips in action last season.