2012 Prospect Hoping Position Change Pays Off

Opelika's Tony Philpot talks about making the move from offensive tackle to tight end this spring.

Opelika, Ala.--Sometimes a position change is all it takes for a player to go from college suspect to college prospect. It's not often that move involves going from a lineman to a skill player though, however that's exactly what tight end Tony Philpot is hoping for his senior season at Opelika.

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.

"I'm hearing from about 15 or 16 schools," he said. "UAB, Troy, Florida State, hopefully Auburn soon, Southern Miss, Alabama State and Memphis are some of the bigger schools."

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."

Also participating in track and field for the Bulldogs this spring, Philpot said he is scheduled to attend camps at Memphis, South Alabama and Southern Miss with Duke also a possibility.

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