Four-star offered: 'I was shocked'

Alabama hosted several elite football talents over the weekend, but the sole junior to earn a scholarship offer with Tennessee in town was Kyle Phillips. The four-star breaks down what he thinks of the news from Nick Saban inside.

Among a gaudy list of visitors in multiple classes, the first offer to go out for Alabama on Saturday went to a junior prospect out of the Volunteer State. Perhaps ironically or by design, the Crimson Tide was hosting Tennessee for a Saturday afternoon tilt.

2015 four-star Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsboro Comp defensive end Kyle Phillips added Alabama to his list, the latest of several SEC extensions, including each in-state school.

Nick Saban did the honors.

"I went to the game yesterday and that's when they told me," he said. "Coach Saban offered me a couple hours before the game."

Despite his high initial ranking as the No. 20 defensive end in America's junior class, Phillips was taken back by the news.

"I was shocked to be honest!" he said. "I never seen it coming."

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder is currently injured and hasn't played in some time, but the Crimson Tide staff envision him as a new-age defender that can play in space and it waited for him to get to Tuscaloosa before delivering the news and reasons behind the move.

"Well he told me that he liked that I am quick off the ball and have good hip movement," Phillips said. "That's all that I can remember right now."

Just a day removed from the unexpected news, the extension is one that won't soon be overlooked.

"Since the offer, they are a school that I am considering," he said. "I loved the atmosphere there, too. I loved the coaches and facilities, I had a good time.

"It was my first time there and it was one of the best places I have been. I've been to UT, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Vandy." will have much more with Phillips, who has no list of early favorites or a commitment timetable to date, going forward.

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