An offensive tackle for much of his career at Opelika, the 6-3, 250 Philpot has made the move to tight end for Coach Brian Blackmon's team this spring and he said so far so good on the position change.
"I played offensive tackle last year so it's kind of a big transition for me," Philpot said. "I'm working on my route running and trying to improve my hands. It's not really a big transition because I've played it before, but I'm definitely a little bit rusty."
One of the advantages that Philpot has and something that could be a big key for the Bulldogs this season is his ability to block on the edge. With speedy sophomore Calvin Bryant at quarterback it could mean big things on offense this season. Philpot said he feels like his blocking is definitely a strength.
"It's a great advantage for me," Philpot said. "I have been doing that for two years now. It's a big-time advantage for me."
Even though he's only been a tight end in spring practice it hasn't stopped Philpot from getting a ton of attention from college coaches. With teammates such as Torey Agee and Jamarlo Alford getting looks from all over, teams have stopped by Opelika frequently to check out the spring and watch film. Philpot said because of that he's gotten looks as well.
Hearing from several schools but still without any offers, Philpot said close to 10 schools have invited him to camps this summer because they've told him they want to see him in person. He noted that's pretty exciting when schools show interest.
"It's very astounding," Philpot said. "I wasn't really expecting for the attention to come like this."