Football: Trinity lineman commits to Akron

Written by Brad Everett on .

At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, Ben Phillis is a big teenager who has a big presence on the football field.

On Wednesday, he made a big decision.

Phillis, a senior at Trinity, verbally committed to Akron. He took to Twitter to announce his decision.

"Beyond blessed to have been given this opportunity to play football at such a high level by the gift god has given me. Also, I would like to thank my family, friends, and coaches who have helped me out so much throughout this process. In addition, I would like to give a big thank you to all the coaches and colleges that have recruited me. With that said, I am verbally committed to the University of Akron to further continue my academic and athletic careers. #GoZips" -- @benphillis30

Phillis is a three-year starter who plays on both the offensive and defensive lines for Trinity. He'll try to lead the Hillers to a playoff berth this season after they went 3-6 last season.

Phillis, who also plays basketball at Trinity, is the second WPIAL player from the Class of 2018 to pick Akron this summer. The other was also a lineman. Penn-Trafford's Logan Hawkins verbally committed to the Zips in June.