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Yough's Phillips commits to WV Wesleyan football

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
William S. Zirkle | The Times-Sun
Yough High School football standout, senior Shaun Phillips (seated right) signs his letter of commitment to play football for West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Also present to lend support are his parents, Connie (seated, left) and Tom (standing, far right), along with (from left) Yough guidance counselor Eric Dawson, Yough athletic director Tom Evans and Yough football defensive line coach Tony Luciow.

Yough football standout Shaun Phillips has committed to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and play for the Bobcats.

Phillips signed his commitment letter Feb. 19 and will be studying biology/pre-med at the college located in Buckhannon, W.Va., this fall.

WVWC is a Division II school in the Mountain East Conference. The Bobcats went 5-4 in the conference this year.

Phillips said he chose the school because of its new science program, it is Division II and because it is close to his grandparents.

Yough assistant football coach Tony Luciow said Phillips is dedicated, conscientious and constantly working in the weight room. “He is very coachable,” he said. Phillips also never missed a practice in four years.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound center was the anchor and leader of the Cougars' offensive line, making calls for the line and helping Yough to average nearly 200 yards rushing per game.

Even with the offense in a shotgun formation much of the time, Phillips was 100 percent on snaps. On defense, he had 54 tackles and three sacks.

Yough High School principal Earl Thompson said Phillips, who is a high honor student, is an outstanding citizen, having received no complaints from teachers or fellow students. “Quite refreshing, really — he's just an outstanding student,” he said. Luciow said, “He (Phillips) has the brains and the determination to be successful.”

Phillips is the son of Tom and Connie Phillips of Herminie.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bzirkle@tribweb.com or 724-872-6800.

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