North Little Rock High's Tyler Phillips is learning how to play safety, but Arkansas is looking at him as a linebacker.
Phillips (6-1, 203) played outside linebacker last season, but has been working on becoming a safety since April. When he attended Arkansas' Elite Camp on Thursday, the coaches said he would probably play his old position at Arkansas.
"They said they are probably going to look at me more at linebacker, which I understand," Phillips said. "I love playing linebacker so there is nothing wrong with that in my mind."
The only offer Phillips has so far is from Ouachita Baptist, a Division II school in Arkadelphia, but he has attended camps at Louisiana Tech, Memphis and Ohio State, as well as Arkansas. He also plans to go to a camp at Air Force on July 20.
Before coming to Fayetteville, his most recent camp was at Ohio State.
"I've enjoyed the exposure and getting better," Phillips said. "I definitely got a lot of time with those coaches. I've had a pretty good relationship with Coach Ash, so it was nice being up there."
On top of the camps, Phillips said he is continuing to work on his footwork and coverage skills.
"I think I need to improve on those things if I want to become an elite safety," Phillips said. "I know I'm an elite athlete right now, I just need to work on the technique and stuff like that and I think it'll come."
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