Dwight Philips Jr. is a 4* RB/ATH in the 2024 recruiting class who attends Pebblebrook in Mableton, Georgia. Dwight is ranked as the #8 RB, the #12 player in Georgia, and the #93 player in the country according to the recruiting industry rankings.
· Jersey # - 9
· HT/WT – 5’11” 180 lbs.
· 40-yard dash – 4.28
· Sophomore Yr. Stats (Jr Year N/A) – 62 rushes, 774 yards (12.5 YPC), 7 TD’s, 9 receptions, 245 yards, 2 TD’s, 1 KR TD
Dwight Philips Jr. is the son of former Olympic Gold Medalist, Dwight Philips. Philips Sr. won the Gold Medal in the long jump in the 2004 Olympics. Dwight Jr. certainly inherited his dad’s track and field prowess as he has been named a 7A Georgia State Champion in the 100m with a time of 10.43. Just for reference, Bo Jackson ran a 10.44 100m as a senior in high school.
Dwight has been a bit of a do it all guy for Pebblebrook, logging snaps at RB, QB, WR, KR, and DB. As I am sure y’all have figured out so far, Philips is a speed demon and a homerun threat in the truest sense of the term. Although I could not find stats from his junior season, he does have Hudl film from 2022, and I can say with confidence that there were a lot of touchdowns in the stat book. Outside of the blazing speed, Philips shows himself to be a more than capable pass catcher out of the backfield and on the perimeter.
Sitting at 5’11” and 180, Dwight Philips will certainly be a change of pace from the Georgia backs of the past. I would venture to say that he won’t assume the prototypical three down back role that is typically assumed by Bulldog ball carriers. Dwight fits more so into the third down back role of running routes out of the backfield, taking sweeps, catching screens, working as a slot receiver, and returning kicks.
Out of all the clips I watched, the only discrepancies to point out are the fact that Dwight may not have a fully developed route tree. This is likely by design as he is simply too fast to cover on fly routes. Dwight is the lightning to another back’s thunder. He’s likely not going to be overly involved in pass protection, chipping edge defenders, and running up the gut, but Philips is one of those guys that you get the football to in space and watch him go to work.
Dwight Philips Jr. Player Comparison – Isiah McKenzie. I don’t feel as if there are many Georgia running backs from recent history that align with Dwight size and speed wise, but McKenzie is the best assessment for how big of a weapon he can be in Bobo’s offense. A non-Dawg comp for Dwight could be someone like Deuce Vaughn who just got drafted by the Cowboys out of Kansas State