Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives

News & Features

Commitment Announcement
Spring Signing Week '09: Phillips Joins New Mexico's Lobos

Blue chip senior Jadon Phillips knows that life has a way of defying expectations.

As a seven-year-old, Phillips played baseball and ran track, believing those sports would be his athletic future. But his mother put a racquet in his hand, and suddenly he had found a new love in tennis.

Fast-forward ten years, when the Macon (Ga.) Central High School senior was contemplating his college choice. Fully expecting to stay in the South, perhaps attending Georgia Tech, Phillips took a recruiting visit to the University of New Mexico in January, and despite initial doubts, is excited to announce he's heading west to Albuquerque to join coach Alan Dils's team this fall.

"When I went to visit New Mexico, I was in a bad mood," says Phillips, recalling what was going through his mind at the time. "I don't want to be here, and I don't know anything about New Mexico. But I started talking to the assistant coach (former Lobo Bart Scott), looked at the campus and I really loved it."

Phillips also visited and considered Michigan State, when Georgia Tech's curriculum offerings didn't match his academic interests, but New Mexico had an edge in climate.

"I loved it at Michigan State, too," Phillips says. "It was a tough decision, but with the weather, New Mexico was the best decision.

"What surprised me was the diversity, the many different cultures. I thought it would be desert, not much to do, but actually it's a large city, with nice people. The team, it felt like they were my family after just two days."

This Article Is Available Only to Recruiting Advantage members
Please log in to access premium TennisRecruiting.net content.
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!

GAMMA Glide - Lubricity
See what a little #lubricity can do for your game!
10/05 Rachael Reichenbach chooses Xavier
10/05 Skylar Schossberger chooses Middlebury
10/05 Lauryn Padgett chooses Dayton
10/05 Tate Schroeder chooses Missouri
10/05 Alex Chan chooses Seattle
10/05 Matthew Rose chooses Davidson
10/04 Samuel Venter chooses Indiana Southeast
10/04 Erika Oku chooses Butler
10/04 Skylar McDonald chooses Dallas Baptist
10/04 Danielle Peele chooses Stetson

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

10/04 Like the new limited edition @adidastennis Barricade? Shop them at @TennisExpress !!!
9/28 See our international shipping guide, and let us know if you have any specific questions
9/28 Looking for advice on how to choose the right tennis gear? Check out our handy guide
9/27 Are these shorts the perfect Xmas gift? We'll let you be the judge

Page updated on Friday, July 10, 2015
Contact our web team with any corrections