South Stokes graduate Michal Phillips accepted a scholarship from Brevard College in theatre, but has been invited to walk-on to the football team by first-year head coach Bill Khayat.
“I’m really happy and excited about going to Brevard to continue my love for theatre and football,” said the player. “It’s a beautiful campus with historical buildings. I’m exciting to play for the coaching staff at the school because they have seven coaches that have NFL experience.”
While at South Stokes, Phillips was ranked 12th in the state during his senior campaign at the running back position with 1,718 yard rushing on 214 carries and 17 touchdowns. Also, during his time with the Sauras, he was a three-sport athlete who participated in not only football, but basketball and track and field. He was WPAC all-conference in football, received the Sauras team defensive award for three years as a basketball player, and competed at regionals in the spring in the long jump and triple jump.
Phillips said throughout his high school career, he was blessed with inspirational coaches and teachers.
“Coach Jason Clark, Paul Hall, Mike Holmes, and Anthony Smith all left their mark on my life and really pushed me every day in practices to reach that next level,” he stated.
One of his favorite things to do while attending high school was participate in theater. He took the class 13 times while at South.
“I really love the theater and knew that was what I wanted to do. My brother Micah encouraged me to pursue it,” Phillips said.
Phillips is the son of Vette and Stanley Phillips of Walnut Cove and is the youngest of three children.
“We think his choice was a good one because Brevard offers what he wants,” said his mother. “We kept the faith in God and knew he would work it out when other people kept saying no. We want to thank all of his coaches for their encouraging words and Christina Holland, the theatre teacher at South, for being such a great support system for Michal.”
While attending Brevard, the athlete plans to major in theatre with a minor in math communications. Brevard College is a small, private, United Methodist, liberal arts college in Brevard, North Carolina. The college grants the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Current enrollment is about 705 students.
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