TAMPA – Plant’s leading receiver from a season ago, De’Angelo Philyor returns with 14 offers on his plate here this spring. The rising senior is fresh off of a 2015 campaign where he had 49 receptions for 697 yards and five touchdowns.
After the Panthers went 9-3 and advanced to the 7A region semifinal before losing to Lakeland 21-11, Plant is in a good position to succeed once again. Philyor calls last season one filled with a ton of memories that he won’t forget. The 5’10”, 180-pounder knows there is a ton to improve all-around.
For Philyor, he played his first full season on varsity after battling injuries as a sophomore which limited him to seven games. He started off on JV as a freshman which isn’t unusual at the large establishment that is Plant High.
He says he believes this is the year that the Panthers win it all because “we’ve all played a year of football together and we know what we need to do to improve.”
Philyor calls quarterback Dane Frantzen and wide receiver/free safety Juwan Burgess two highly skilled players for this offense. He says there are a couple of other players that will surprise but he doesn’t want to reveal them rather let their play speak for themselves.
The offers have been piling up as of late for Philyor. He earned an offer from Oregon State on Thursday while Indiana and Virginia Tech extended offers as well earlier this week. With 14 currently, he should only receive more as the season progresses. Maryland, Cincinnati, NC State, Iowa State and Louisville are just some of his other offers.
Averaging 28.9 points per game as an offense, Philyor was responsible for just over four receptions and 63 total yards per game. He had three games with 100 plus yards including a seven-catch, 105-yard, one touchdown performance in the region quarterfinal win over Kathleen. Playing under 13th-year Plant head coach Robert Weiner is something that Philyor calls a true blessing. The highly successful coach Weiner has led the Panthers to four state championships (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011).
“There’s nothing he [Weiner] doesn’t know. If we listen to him the sky is the limit. Other than that coach Cuddie is like another father to me. I literally talk to him about anything. Before he teaches you to be a great football, he teaches you to be a man. He’s also very funny.”
When Philyor is out on the field under the lights each Friday night he says “words can’t explain how fun it is to be in front of friends and family playing to your best capability.” He also expressed how much energy the Plant cheerleaders and dance team, the Gold Rush bring to the mix.
In terms of his biggest on the field strength, Philyor says that is his running.
“That’s all I pretty much do is run. Once you’re able to run everything will take care of itself.”
He’s looking to improve both his route depth and getting his head turned around in time. But overall he feels confident in his game.
Despite the fact that he always loved the game of baseball more than football and even almost gave up on football, Philyor says he stuck with it and made most of what he had to offer.
His favorite part of the game is playing with his teammates, guys he calls his true brothers.
“There’s nothing more fun than doing what you worked for with the guys you love.”
He wants to play in the NFL but understands that not many people actually make it there. He says he believes that God has a plan for everyone, but he reiterated that he’d love to make to the pros one day.
Philyor is a dangerous threat every time he touches the ball. The Panthers spread the ball around, but he’s the main target simply because he finds his way into open space more often than not. Expect Plant to use him out of the backfield more this season, he had 19 carries for 95 yards as a junior.
More offers are going to come his way and rightfully so. De’Angelo Philyor is a name you should know by now, the kid is highly talented.
Game film: Philyor’s Hudl tape
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