January 31, 2011

Phelps is anxious to sign

Four-star defensive back Brandon Phelps has been verbally committed to the Cavaliers for more than half a year.

Now, as Signing Day looms, he is anxious to sign his name on the dotted line, which he will finally be able to do on Wednesday. He spoke with CavsCorner about his excitement in advance.

The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect from Damascus, Maryland felt even better about his decision as more time passed from his initial verbal to Mike London and staff. The more he has spoken with his future coaches and teammates, the more the fire has burned.

While the spotlight is no longer on Phelps, nor has it been for a long time because of his relatively early decision, Wednesday is his day, too. It doesn't just belong to those recruits that haven't made their decisions but also to those who are making their commitments official.

"I have no idea how we're going to do it but I know we're going to do something at my high school," Phelps said, referring to the signing of his national letter of intent. "My coach said he would give me all the details soon.

"This weekend we might have a little celebration or something. As of right now I don't have anything planned, but I'm looking forward to it."

Wednesday is Phelps' reward for years of hard work and dedication. It begins his transition from high school athlete, even a very popular and successful one, into college athlete, which is an entirely different game.

Phelps and all of his other fellow commits were at UVa more than a week ago for their official visits and that was one of the highlights of the recruiting process for him personally, the future Wahoo said.

"It was fun," Phelps recalled. "It was a blast. I definitely loved being around all the players and the other guys in my class that are going to be there next year. We've got a lot of great guys coming in. It was great getting to know them even more."

Phelps said he spoke at length with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and fellow assistant Anthony Poindexter. He spent more time talking to defensive coordinator Jim Reid than any other coach.

"He just says my style of play fits right in with their style," Phelps explained. "As of right now he's wanting me to play corner. I played corner and receiver this year and I just like to play defense. Corner or safety is fine but I'm more comfortable with corner."

The four-star athlete said he has not paid much attention to the rest of the Class of 2011 since he verbally committed, as his own schedule has kept him very busy.

Nonetheless, he has a pretty good idea of what the rest of the Cavaliers' class looks like.

Phelps added that he will have another opportunity to meet with his future teammates during spring practice, as he plans on making it out to
Charlottesville at least once during that time frame.

Phelps is rated the No. 19 safety in the Class of 2011, and the No. 5 overall prospect in Maryland according to Rivals.com.

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