Corey Phillips' swift rise from high school football assistant coach to key figure in shaping Power 5 football rosters is set to continue.
Phillips, who made the jump from Tennessee prep power Brentwood High School to the collegiate level at Vanderbilt roughly five years ago, is set to become the new director of scouting at North Carolina State for coach Dave Doeren.
Phillips' move to the Wolfpack is imminent after spending the 2016-2020 seasons on Derek Mason's Vanderbilt staff as the Commodores' assistant recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his work on West End, Phillips had been a staple on the Nashville prep scene for several years. In addition to his work at Brentwood, Phillips served a variety of roles including defensive coordinator at his prep alma mater, Father Ryan High School.
During his time at Father Ryan, Phillips coached a number of All-State players including eventual Vanderbilt star JoeJuan Williams, a 2019 NFL Draft pick by the New England Patriots.
Phillips was a standout player at Father Ryan, where he led the team to a 1997 Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship before a stellar playing career at Austin Peay.
He was an All-Ohio Valley Conference selection as a senior for the Governors and exited among the school's all-time interceptions leaders with 13.
After transitioning to the collegiate level, Phillips handled a variety of recruiting duties for the Commodores including helping identify and target prospects, setting up official visits and camps.
Despite a coaching transition after Mason's dismissal and the hiring of Clark Lea in December, the Commodores closed with the Rivals.com No. 34 team recruiting ranking for their 2021 class.
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Update> NC State has announced the following.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) April 19, 2021
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