After getting his feet wet in 2012, Ne’Quan Phillips took a big leap forward in 2013, starting all 12 games with the Hawaii Warriors at cornerback. The 5-9, 185-pounder has good speed and demonstrates tenacity and a desire to play aggressive defense on receivers and support the run. He’s been in on 89 tackles in two seasons and tallied four interceptions during that span. Will be called on to be a leader in the secondary and on the defense in 2014 as the Warriors work to upgrade its defense.
As a prep at Southridge High School in Miami, Fla., Phillips was named to the Miami Herald all-Dade first team after recording 60 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He also saw time at running back, tallying 174 yards on 25 carries. Helped his team advance to the 4-8A championship game. Was ranked as the No. 80 cornerback in the nation.
As a true freshman in 2012, Phillips played in all 12 games, starting five at cornerback. Finished the season with 25 tackles, including two for loss, with two interceptions, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. As a sophomore in 2013, he started all 12 games and finished sixth on the team with 64 tackles, including two for loss, and two interceptions, six pass breakups and one forced fumble.