Recruiting trail: Southington’s Barmore commits to Yale; West Haven’s Phillips visits Syracuse

Two of Connecticut’s top high school football players took college visits this weekend. One returned home with a decision, the other said his choice would be coming soon.

After a short trip to New Haven Saturday, Southington quarterback Stephen Barmore announced his commitment to Yale on Sunday night.

Barmore, a 6-2, 200-pound and three-year starter, led the Blue Knights to a 10-0 regular season and a state playoff berth in 2012. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,010 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior.

He’s thrown for 4,491 yards and 34 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in his career.

Update: The Record-Journal’s Bryant Carpenter caught up with Barmore and writes the QB is just the first of many Blue Knights to make a college commitment.

Barmore’s junior year highlight reel


Meanwhile, West Haven’s all-state tailback Ervin Phillips took the long trip to Syracuse Sunday afternoon and, according to his Twitter updates, came away impressed.

Phillips, who also picked up an offer from Temple last month, Tweeted he hadn’t made a decision yet. But…

Phillips, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, rushed for 1,030 yards and 22 touchdowns last year, leading the Westies to the state playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

Phillips’s junior year highlight reel


Sean Patrick Bowley