It's not a secret that the Lone Star state produces the largest number of D-1 football players every recruiting cycle. College coaches know they can find talent at any classification in Texas and that's never going to change.
However, recently college coaches are tapping more into private schools around the state to find talent. And why not, private school competition has improved greatly over the last decade. That's not to mention the remarkable academic standards these schools require from their student-athletes so coaches know there aren't many grade risks involved.
One school that has become a destination for colleges across the country is Ft. Worth All Saints Episcopal. The college prep school has sent several players to the next level under the leadership of head coach Aaron Beck. Last season the Saints were led by one of the top quarterbacks in the country in T.J. Millweard who signed with UCLA.
The 2013 class boasts one of the state's top tight end prospects in Charlie Reid who holds several offers including one from TCU.
While Reid is the headliner for the 2013 class, another name to keep a close eye on is linebacker Xavier Phillips. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has been a member of the Saints varsity since his freshman season. As a sophomore he collected 67 tackles with 8 sacks. He bettered those numbers as a junior in 2011 racking up 96 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
Also a 4.0 student, Phillips holds offers from some of the most prestigious universities in the country. He's close to adding even more offers.
"I have offers from Penn, Dartmouth, Cornell and Yale just offered me. Harvard said they were close," Phillips said. "Tulsa and Rice said for sure during the spring. Georgia Tech and North Carolina State are both pretty close."
Phillips played along the defensive line as a junior and will likely move full time to linebacker his senior season. Most schools feel with his frame and 4.6 feed, he'll make the transition into a linebacker which is where Phillips says he's receiving the most attention.
"Most schools are looking at me as a linebacker," Phillips said. "Tulsa is looking at me for both, like a rover type position. Georgia Tech is looking at me as a linebacker because they run a 3-4."
Another school that is also showing Phillips interest is the local team; TCU. Phillips attended the Frogs' last practice of the spring last Thursday with teammates Demetrius Knox and Daniel Gresham; a pair of 2014 prospects who will also be highly recruited.
"I liked the practice, it was intense which I like it and the coaches were into it, I liked it overall," Phillips said. "I watched both positions (defensive end and linebacker), I watched their size, athleticism, everything."
Phillips had a few moments after the practice to visit with TCU coaches.
"They said that they were coming in the spring and that they liked what they saw on my film and hopefully we could go from there," Phillips said.
Phillips says he's familiar with what the hometown team has to offer.
"I just know that they went to the Rose Bowl a couple of years ago and I watch them on T.V. They're moving to the Big 12 so competition is going to be up and coming so it's going to be a lot of new exposure for the team. I like TCU, its close so if something happens my parents can be there," he finished.
All Saints Episcopal linebacker prospect Xavier Phillips is landing on the radar of several programs.