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National Signing Day 2011: CB Brandon Phelps Signs with Virginia

Brandon Phelps | Cornerback | Damascus HS (Damascus, Md.)

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6'0" / 175 lbs / 4.4 [ESPN] [Rivals] [Rivals 2]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  4* / 80 Rating / #7 CB / #135 Overall
- Rivals: 4* / 5.8 Rating / #19 S / #5 State
- Scout: 4* / #37 WR
- _247: 4* / 93 Rating / #11 S / #163 Overall / #3 State

Other Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Notes: Certainly considered one of London's blue chip players, Phelps is an excellent safety but will likely end up being slotted as a cornerback, and stands a very good chance of getting immediate playing time. ESPN calls him a "legitimate two-way option for the next level" with "quick feet and fluid hips". He is also a player who "turns into a receiver when the ball is in the air", displaying good range and closing speed. He had to deal with a hip injury his senior season, but was still named a Big School All-State Second Team selection.

Quotables

""I just felt it in my heart. This was the place. This is where I wanted to go to college.""

"My decision came down to a lot more than football; you can't underestimate the education you get there. Having a degree from there would carry a lot of weight when I go out in the workforce."

"[DC Jim Reid] just says my style of play fits right in with their style. 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."

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