After taking a year off of football, Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon wide out Josiah Phillips looks better than ever.

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Heading in to his sophomore year, Phillips was very high on our board. With his length, athleticism and body control, he looked like a future star and someone we just wanted to see in pads before elevating him to four-star status.

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Unfortunately, Covid hit and wiped out most of Phillips’ season and he never really got on track during the short five game spring season. He decided to focus solely on basketball during his junior year and we thought that might be the end of his football playing days.

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Fast forward a year and Phillips is back on the gridiron and was one of the standouts at last weekend’s big Tournament of Champions at Long Beach Millikan. He looks all of the 6-5, 190 pounds he’s listed at, caught everything thrown in his direction and is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the top receiver prospects in the region.

“It feels great to be back out here,” Phillips said during the tournament. “I always intended to come back to football. I took that year off but I feel good, I was a little rusty at first but I’m working that off and feeling much more comfforbtale now than when I first came back out.”

Colleges have quickly taken notice as he’s brought in scholarship offers over the last month or so from BYU, Boston College, Colorado State, Fresno State, Oregon State, Utah State and Colorado.

Phillips said the game plan is to take one, maybe two of his official visits during the summer and then save the rest for during the season so he can experience a game weekend atmosphere.

“I have one official visit set so far and that’s to Colorado State June 24,” Phillips said. “They were one of the first schools to reach out to me and really wanted me to visit so I’m excited to get back on the road and see how I like it out there.

“I’m still new the recruiting process since I didn’t get to experience it last year so I’m excited. I like the staff at Colorado State and looking forward to learning more about the program.”

Phillips said BYU and Oregon State are two more schools he could visit.

“I like BYU a lot and talk with coach Fesi (Sitake, WR coach) almost every day,” Phillips said. “BYU seems very interested in me and I’m very interested in them as well.

“I like their tradition, they throw the ball a lot and always have a good quarterback play. It’s a winning program and they’re joining the Big 12 soon and that’s another big plus for sure.”

As for his two most recent offers from Oregon State and Colorado, Phillips said he has high interest in both.

“I like the Pac-12 aa lot and those are two really solid programs,” Phillips said. “Oregon State is somewhat close to home, I like the West Coast and I definitely have interest in getting out there and seeing the school up close.

“I like Colorado too and have heard great things about how nice it is out there. I would love to visit Oregon too. They offered me as a sophomore and I’ve visited before and really liked it there so hopefully I can visit all of those schools.”

Phillips said he’s in no rush to make a decision right now.

“It’s early for me and I’m honestly open to everyone,” Phillips said. “I’m going to take my time and see what schools are interested before I even think about cutting my list

“That’s another reason I want to save my visits for later, I want to see what new schools jump in. I’m hoping to have a good senior season so we’ll see if that attracts some other programs but I don’t plan on committing until late in our season.”