Skyler Phillips made waves over the summer when he went from unknown to Oregon State verbal commit. Now, just days removed from learning he would not playing football in Corvallis next fall, the Eugene (Ore.) offensive lineman broke down what happened.
Phillips said that the Oregon State staff notified him earlier in the week that he would not be receiving a football scholarship from the school.
"They called me and told me I wasn't going to be a good fit there and they'd like to drop my scholarship," Phillips said. "That pretty much sealed the deal I guess. I was all for going there, I have all my Beaver gear ready and I was thinking everything was going good but it wasn't the case."
Phillps said that Oregon State lost interest due to an issue with him not losing weight by his official visit, something he said wasn’t made clear to him at the time. Despite the initial shock, Phillips said there is no hard feelings and that he is ready to see where he can apply his talents next fall.
"I was pretty mad for about two or three days after that but I've moved on and I'm ready to see where I go now,” Phillips said.
"I think this is a great learning experience for moving on because I know now that this is the real deal. This is a business, that's how it goes down."
There is already some interest according to Phillips, but he says that those schools have only been in contact with his high school coaches and not him. He plans on finding out who is interested and pursuing that interest by Tuesday of next week.
"A couple schools have contacted my coaches but not me directly," Phillips said. "I just put my game film out there for offense and defense and see who has interest in me."
Before Oregon State, Phillips said he considered attending Portland State and Western Oregon until Division-I schools showed interest. He also said he considered attending schools that didn’t offer football just to attend college. But, with football still an option, he is pursuing any and all opportunities available.
"Right now everything is an option," Phillips said. "I'm not closing any doors.
"I just need to keep training, lose more weight and get stronger.”