Elijah Phillips has been a force in Cougar Athletics the last few years. On the football field he was like MacGuyver, he was talented at every aspect of the game. On the basketball court he is still a dominant big man. Now it looks like he will be terrorizing opposing teams once again on the gridiron, this time on Saturdays as a Patriot.

Phillips has verbally committed to play footballat the University of the Cumberlands. Phillips tweeted this statement out earlier today,”First and foremost I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play the sport I love. To my family and friends, thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me. To my high school coaches, thank you for pushing me every day and making me the athlete I am today. I would also like to thank all of the coaches that took the time to recruit me during this process. With that being said I am humbled to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at The University of the Cumberlands.”

University of the Cumberlands is a private, religious college located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, with an enrollment of approximately 6,000 students. The school, known as Cumberland College until January 7, 2005, is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the Kentucky affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention. The University of the Cumberlands (UC) teams are known as the Patriots, after switching from their original mascot the Indians. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Mid-South Conference.

Campbell County Cougar alumni Phillip and Stephen Wells are coaches for the University of the Cumberlands