4-Star Defensive End Checks Out Auburn

A heavily-recruited class of 2015 football prospect discusses his visit to meet with Gus Malzahn and his coaching staff.

Nashville, Tenn.--Kyle Phillips, a four-star prospect for the 2015 signee class, is trying to get a good feel for what college will fit him best when it is time to make a decision on where he wants to continue his education after graduating from Hillsboro High School.

Scout.com's No. 19 ranked defensive end prospect spent Saturday on the Auburn campus touring the facilities and getting to know Gus Malzahn and his assistants. Phillips said that Auburn's head coach comes across as a good person and added, "I really like the campus and the people at Auburn.

"I had been to a game at Auburn, but I had never had a chance to see the facilities and everything like that," he said of his trip to see the 2013 SEC champions. "It was a great opportunity for me to come on down and get to meet everybody and see what Auburn has to offer."

In addition to watching the Tigers at home last year, he saw Auburn defeat Tennessee in Knoxville last season.

Phillips, who broke onto the scene as a prospect with a productive sophomore year, is still recovering from an injury suffered as a junior. That hasn't decreased the interest in the prospect. "I probably have more than 20 offers,"?he said.

Auburn is one of the colleges that has a scholarship for him if he wants it.

"Auburn is definitely in consideration," he said. I" am thinking about staying down South. I like Alabama, UT (Tennessee), Ole Miss and schools like those and a few others. Those are some I have focused on now, but that can change."

On his Auburn junior day visit he said spent time talking to Malzahn as well as defensive line coach Rodney Garner and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who is his recruiting coach for the AU.

If Phillips chooses the Tigers he would be playing for Garner. "He is pretty cool," the defensive end said. "He has produced a lot of talent so I am really excited about what he has to offer if I was to come to Auburn."

While in Auburn the prospect notes that he weighed in a six-foot-four, 260 pounds. Physically, his focus is on making a complete recovery from surgery he had last fall to repair a torn labrum.

Kyle Phillips is known for having good quickness for a big defensive end.

The defensive end is not in a hurry to make decision on college, but he does want to focus his search. "Hopefully, by this summer I can narrow it down to five schools for my official visits," he said. "Right now I am visiting to see what I really want in a school."

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