Soccer Helps This Football Prospect

When one thinks of soccer players playing football, one thinks of kicking specialists. One might think again. Philip Nola is a soccer goalie, which has helped him develop excellent footwork. But Philip Nola is also a 6-4, 260-pound defensive tackle who bears watching as a football prospect.

Philip Nola is a quick and agile defensive tackle prospect at Spain Park, a two-year old school in Hoover. There were no seniors on his team in his first two years of football.

Last year as a junior was played every snap and was credited with 85 tackles and five sacks.

Nola has been clocked at 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash and has a 23-inch vertical jump. He bench presses 315, squats 450, and power cleans 270.

He has a 2.75 grade point average and has already made 23 on the ACT.

As a junior he was selected All Over-The-Mountain, all-metro, and all-state.

Although he had shoulder surgery earlier this year, he is expected to be 100 per cent healed and ready for contact in the fall.

He has camped at Mississippi State and plans to attend camps at Alabama and Auburn, as well as the NIKE camp in Auburn, this summer.

Nola is receving attention from Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Illinois.

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