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By LARRY VAUGHT
Chattanooga quarterback Reese Phillips knows plenty about the football facilities at the University of Tennessee and several other Southeastern Conference schools. However, to him, he was plenty impressed by the facilities he found on his visit to Kentucky and eventually gave his verbal commitment to UK on that June visit.
“I was impressed. It was pretty much everything I expected. The facilities certainly lived up to my standards,” Phillips said. “The practice fields were gorgeous. That was very impressive. The weight room certainly was up to SEC standards. I didn’t find anything that stuck out that I wish they really had that they did not. Kentucky obviously had pretty much everything I wanted.”
One reason often given for UK’s inability to compete with upper tier teams in the SEC is that UK’s facilities are not quite as good as other teams. Often one of the biggest drawbacks is thought to be the lack of a recruiting room at Commonwealth Stadium, but if that bothered Phillips he never mentioned it.
He said he had been to Tennessee, Duke, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Memphis and other schools for visits, so he certainly had a good base to compare UK’s facilities.
“Kentucky’s facilities are right up there. Maybe right behind Tennessee, but (NFL quarterback) Peyton (Manning) gave them $70 million. You can’t fault UK for not having that,” Phillips said. “Kentucky has great facilities. To me, it lived up to what I expected. It had all of the SEC standards and probably even a little more than I expected really. The facilities were really good. I saw no problems at all with what UK had.”