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Signal's Phillips gets all-star nod while waiting on UK

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SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. (WRCB) -- Reese Phillips will get to wear Signal Mountain's colors one more time before the end of his prep career.

But whose colors he'll be wearing on the next level isn't the sure thing it was a few weeks ago.

Phillips received an invitation to play in Saturday's Toyota East-West All-Star Classic in Cookeville as a replacement for injured CAK quarterback Charlie High.

"Playing in an all-star game is something I've always wanted to do, and now I get to play two," said Phillips, who also plans to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky all-star game. "I'm just excited to meet all the different recruits and commits. It should be a good time."

The news comes as Phillips waits to hear from the University of Kentucky, whom he verbally committed to earlier this year.

The Wildcats hired a new head coach Sunday in Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, and it remains to be seen if Phillips will be the right fit for UK's next offensive system.

"I talked to him for the first time (Monday), and he was a real straight-forward guy, which I appreciated," Phillips said. "He was real honest about it, saying that once he gets an offensive coordinator in there I'll be evaluated."

"But I still think it will work out. I feel good about it."

While Phillips remains optimistic, he also knows his decision must be made in a hurry.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback is on pace to graduate early from Signal Mountain and had plans to enroll early in Lexington in January.

"You never commit thinking the coach will get fired, so obviously I didn't see this coming," Phillips said. "I decided to graduate early back when I committed, so now it is a situation where I do need to know where I stand."

Phillips is staying busy to help pass the time.

In addition to this week's all-star game, which also includes locals like Colton Jumper (Baylor), Jacob Revis (Rhea County) and Austin Sanders (Bradley Central), Phillips is putting together a charity roast of Signal Mountain head coach Bill Price.

"When I first brought the idea to him, he said whenever it is, he wasn't going to be in town," Phillips joked. "But I knew for my senior project that I wanted to do something to honor Coach Price, and I thought this would be a good way to do it."

The event is scheduled for Monday, December 10 at the high school. Several of Price's past staffers from Coffee County are expected to play a part, as well as colleagues and friends from Bradley and Hamilton counties.

The Toyota East-West All-Star Classic will be played at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium at 2 p.m. ET.

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