Multi Talented Dull Gives Verbal Commitment to WVU

Nobody likes to be called a freak. That is, unless it has to do with “freakish” athleticism. Then, it’s the ultimate compliment. Phillip Dull has freakish athleticism. So much so that Randy Mazey and the West Virginia Mountaineers offered Dull a scholarship to play baseball in Morgantown. Dull (Chestnut Ridge HS) graciously accepted. “It’s a great fit for me and my family. It’s big time college baseball. They play in one of the toughest conferences in the country (Big 12), they have one of the nicest stadiums I have ever seen, and it’s not far from home. My parents will get to see me play a lot. It’s all good”, said the 2018 grad middle infielder/RHP.

Dull has drawn a ton of attention from college recruiters while playing on Coach LaNeve’s nationally ranked 2018 team. He has played SS, 2B, 3B, CF and pitched for Coach LaNeve. “You can put Phillip Dull anywhere on field and he’ll be the best player there. He’s just one of those kids”, said LaNeve. “I’ve seen him make so many web gems. I’m not even sure he knows how he does this stuff. He plays at another level than most kids. His athleticism allows him to do things that most kids can’t do”. But as good as Dull is at hitting and fielding, that may not even be what he’s best at. Dull sits an easy 88-91 on the mound with a plus breaking ball.

“Our first game of the 16U Perfect Game World Series this past summer was against the Orlando Scorpions”, said US Elite Director, Mark Helsel. “Perfect Game ranks them as one of the top teams in the country so we knew they were very good. Coach LaNeve and I talked about who we wanted to start on the mound in that game. We both agreed it should be Phil. He no hit them through 6 innings and we won the game. He was all business, almost machine-like. That’s what we call the Phillip Dull effect”.

Dull says he doesn’t know whether he likes pitching or playing the field the most. “I just like to play. It doesn’t matter. I always want to help my team win, so wherever they need me that’s what I’ll do. I’m not worried about it. It will sort itself out when I get to college. But, I definitely think I can be a two way player”.


Dull is a star on the football field, too.

LaNeve says Dull has developed as a baseball player in the program, but even more as a person. “Phillip was very quiet and even shy when he came to us. I have watched him grow up into a fine, confident young man. He has really embraced the ideals we have in this organization. He’s another kid in our program that I can say for sure benefited from the high standards we have set. He has risen to every challenge we have given him”.

Dull says he has enjoyed his experience at US Elite. “It’s different. Every detail matters here. They don’t let much slide. I wasn’t used to that when I first started playing here, but I like it. This organization challenges you to get better, not just on the field, but off the field”. Dull will not be with the 2018’s this fall as he is (not surprisingly) a star on the gridiron, too. He will be playing football this fall for Chestnut Ridge HS.