Intriguing Defenders: Phil Rawlings

Good defensive backs are something the DMV is known for, and the Class of 2022 has several DB’s worth tracking. Phil Rawlings is one of these young recruits that is part of the next wave of defensive back talent. Phil Rawlings has the talent and confidence at the position to flourish in his league and […]

Good defensive backs are something the DMV is known for, and the Class of 2022 has several DB’s worth tracking. Phil Rawlings is one of these young recruits that is part of the next wave of defensive back talent. Phil Rawlings has the talent and confidence at the position to flourish in his league and going forward. Which is why I was happy to contact Mr. Rawlings and find out more about his game. My inquiries varied from asking about his strengths to learning about the goals he has for himself and team next season.

At around 6’0” 183 lbs. this Class of 2022 recruit has several major strengths to his game. When I asked about what he considers his strengths he was clear and concise. Rawlings stated, “My physicality and my ball skills make me a ground and air threat towards the offense.” Rawlings astutely identifies the strong points in his game as his play on the field shows. As he continues to grow into his body, he will become a lengthy and sizeable safety. He plays very effective in the box as a safety but does have strong moments in coverage. He shows the ability to get from sideline to sideline with great speed. While showing good anticipation being able to read and react well to disrupt the flow of play. As he grows as a player, he will continue to become a player who must be accounted for wherever he is on the field.

I then inquired about what the parts of his game he wanted to improve for the coming season. Rawlings explained, “I would like to improve my reaction time.” As Rawlings wants to further improve his ability to read and react to plays quicker to be able to make more plays. If he does improve this part of his game, he will become a true ballhawk for St. John’s defense. Rawlings also recently received his first official offer from a college program which is a great achievement. The school was University of Maryland, so he has a chance to stay in the area but has a lot of time to gain more offers and plan.

The topic I concluded with was about his goal for the upcoming season. Rawlings described, “To win a WCAC championship, have an undefeated season, and achieve 1st team all-defense.” These set of goals say a lot about his mindset and in terms of what he values. Clearly Rawlings wants to enjoy team success as much has individual success. Which is a trait of a future leader of a defense and team. This shows the intangibles Rawlings has and that he knows the more success his team has the more notoriety he may get. Rawlings has a great chance along with St. John’s to accomplish these goals with the talent they have.

Phil Rawlings is a safety with a gluttony of talent along with a balance of great work ethic. He recognizes that team success is also key to your career as a player. With a strong season next year, Rawlings will gain further interest from scouts and programs across the nation. Rawlings has all the tools to be a great player and with consistent opportunity next season his potential will be realized.

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