March 14, 2012

RB nearing a decision?

Denver South's Phillip Lindsay is one of the Centennial State's best tailbacks for the 2013 recruiting cycle, and he has translated his success on the field into a scholarship offer from Colorado, as well as strong interest from Colorado State.

"The schools that have been contacting me the most have been CU and CSU. I get letters from a lot of schools, and Wyoming is a school that has shown interest in me too."

But one of those schools might be receiving a verbal commitment in the very near future.

"Right now, CU and CSU have been on me hard, but as of now I'm thinking about verbally committing to CU. But I want to keep my options open because I also have CSU in mind and I'm young right now. So, I'm trying to be patient on everything."

A starter all three seasons at Denver South, Lindsay earned all-state honors as a junior in 2011 after rushing for nearly 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also starred on defense and racked up 110 tackles on the season.

With Lindsay leaning towards the Black and Gold, the Rams have picked up their interest as well.

"CSU has really been showing a lot of interest and contact on Facebook - both the head coach and the running backs coach. Everyone is just taking everything one step at a time and being patient with everything."

While the 5-foot-10, 173 pound Lindsay is tempted to make a decision, he also wants to make sure he makes the right decision.

"Right now I don't have a timetable (on a decision). I will know come Signing Day, but I still want to talk it over with my family and see which one is going to fit the best."

Lindsay said he hasn't set any dates for college visits, but he is certain he will take trips to both the Buffaloes and the Rams during the spring period.

Has the star running back dreamed of playing for a school growing up?

"I don't really have a dream school. My whole life has been a real struggle, so for me it's just going to school - it's just going to school and making both my Momma and my Dad proud."

That Dad happens to be former Ram Troy Lindsay, who played in the CSU backfield in the early 1990's. His uncle and head coach at Denver South is Tony Lindsay, who also starred in college at Utah.

The younger Lindsay is a well-balanced back that can explode up the middle or bounce it outside if the need arises. However, two attributes stick out in his mind.

"My main strength is my vision. My vision is really good, but I'm also a very physical back. I'm mean - I don't care about anybody. If you're in my way, you're going to have to deal with me," he said.

Lindsay has been clocked in the sub 4.5 range, but he said one thing he wants to improve on is his breakaway speed.

"It's good, but I want it to be even better."

While the two major in-state universities lead for his services, the talented back said he is open to other schools if the right situation presents itself. One of his biggest goals is early playing time.

"I want to be a game-changer. I want to be out there and contribute to the team. But my main goal right now is a want to earn a starting spot as a true freshman."

The 2013 Colorado state rankings have yet to be announced, but Lindsay is likely to be near the top due to his production on the football field.

Does he think he's the state's best tailback?

"Personally, I'm always a humble kid. I think I have strengths, but I can also improve on a lot of things as a running back, like my speed. But I'd say I'm up there near the top."

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