Hendersonville, Tenn.--A physical linebacker prospect already with offers from Kentucky, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee and others, 6-3, 230 Jacob Phillips made the trip to see the Auburn Tigers on Saturday to watch spring practice and left with an offer from Gus Malzahn’s program.
“It means a lot to be offered by such a great program like Auburn and I’m very blessed,” Phillips said. “It just means a lot. Auburn is definitely a school I have wanted to offer me. I’m just very blessed to be offered by them. They’ll definitely fall high in my recruiting cycle.”
Making his second visit to Auburn after camping with the Tigers last summer, the Beech High standout said that seeing the team on the field in practice really showed him good things about the program and to go along with what he likes about the campus and university that makes for a strong package.
“I was really impressed by the intensity of the practice and how fast-flowing it was and how the coaches actually took time to stop and teach the players.
“It’s mostly just how nice it is down there,” he added of what he liked about the visit. “I’m just now starting to form a new relationship with the new staff. I can’t talk too much on that, but I like how nice it is in Auburn.”
A player that is expected to play linebacker on the next level, Phillips has the size to eventually work into a pass rusher as well. That makes him a unique player in Auburn’s defense and meant he not only got to spend time with Auburn’s linebacker Coach Travis Williams, but also got some one-on-one time with new coordinator Kevin Steele.
“I didn’t really get to talk to Coach Williams much, but Coach Steele I talked to a lot,” Phillips said. “I think he’s a really good man and he knows what he’s talking about. He’s coached for a lot of years and I think he could turn me into a great player.”
Not planning to make a decision anytime soon, Phillips said he hopes to get back to Auburn sometime this spring or summer.