Recruiting trail: West Haven’s Phillips gets Syracuse offer (Updated: and Temple…)

West Haven's Ervin Phillips is psyched before a big game.

West Haven’s Ervin Phillips.

West Haven all-state tailback Ervin Phillips has received his first major college football offer: Syracuse.

Phillips shared the news on Twitter Friday afternoon. The offer was confirmed by Ryan Murphy of, the site covering Syracuse recruiting.

Phillips, a 5-11, 180-pound back who should be one of the state’s best players in 2013, was naturally excited:

Phillips has been a standout since starring alongside his brother, Kevin, as a West Haven freshman in 2010.

He led the Westies in rushing last year with 1,030 yards and 22 touchdowns. West Haven was 8-2 and reached the Class LL quarterfinals where it lost to Staples. The Westies have reached the playoffs twice over the last three seasons with Phillips in the lineup.

Ervin Phillips has been all-state and also a Levi Jackson team selection.

With NFA’s Marcus Outlow committed to Boston College, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the tailback. Phillips has an offer to go with his D-1 interest. There’s also Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome (who already has a UConn offer) and Hillhouse’s Harold Cooper.

Update:Phillips announced Temple as his second offer on May 29

Here’s Phillips’ junior year highlight tape:

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