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He dreamed of playing at Stanford. A talk with an NFL player helped cement the commitment

San Joaquin Memorial defensive tackle Tobin Phillips, middle, verbally committed to Stanford.
San Joaquin Memorial defensive tackle Tobin Phillips, middle, verbally committed to Stanford. San Joaquin Memorial

San Joaquin Memorial High junior defensive tackle Tobin Phillips says he’s been fascinated with Stanford for years.

Still, a talk with Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, a Stanford alum, was a welcome boost before Tobin Phillips verbally committed to the Cardinal.

And no, there is no relation between the Phillipses.

“My talk with Harrison lasted about 10 minutes,” Phillips said. “It further solidified my decision, but at that point I was already pretty sure that Stanford was the place for me.”

Harrison Phillips was a Nebraska state player of the year in high school but chose The Farm over the home-state Cornhuskers. He played three seasons plus had a medical redshirt year at Stanford, leaving after the 2017 season as a graduate with two majors and a minor. .

Phillips went on a visit on junior day in early March and discussed with his parents that “Stanford was the perfect place for me.”

Early signing day is in December.

Phillips was being recruited by other Pac-12 programs including Cal, UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

“I have visited Stanford several times,” he said. “I got an in-depth analysis of how things are run on the football side of things, as well as the many academic opportunities that are given to the Stanford players.”

Phillips said he’s undecided on a major but “I am planning on experimenting and trying out different classes at Stanford to get a feel for what I want to pursue.”

Tobin Phillips said Harrison Phillips shared what it’s like to be a Stanford player and how it’s beneficial.

“He told me all of the people he had a chance to get to know and associate himself with during his time at Stanford,” he said. “How those relationships have helped him progress into the successful person he is today.”

And Tobin Phillips went a step further as to why Stanford will work out for him.

“I firmly believe that Stanford is the perfect fit for any player wanting to take their academic career just as seriously as their football career, and as I fall into that category, I feel that Stanford is the best fit for me and my aspirations.”

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