Big Offensive Tackle To Check Out Auburn

Olive Branch, Miss.—Offensive tackle prospect Aubrey Phillips is one of two Olive Branch stars taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Defensive back Daren Bates is also making the trip to the Plains.

"I'm going to go with my stepdad," Phillips tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I'm going to see what the players are like down there and see how the coaches are.

"I just know they're going through a coaching change," he adds of Auburn. "I'm just hoping that they can convince me on my visit to come down there."

Phillips checks in at 6-6, 320, and wasn't recruited by Auburn until the new staff came in.

"They (the old staff) didn't recruit me," he explains. "They were a little interested in me, but they didn't recruit me like that.

"Auburn has recruited me for a couple of weeks," he adds, "since Trooper Taylor got in. He's a cool, down to earth kind of guy."

Phillips is a Tennessee commitment, but has taken visits to Arkansas on Jan. 9 and Florida State on Jan. 23. Asked what he would have to see to sign with the Tigers instead of the Vols, he responds, "Really I'm just looking to see where the best place and fit is for me."

Phillips took an official to Tennessee on Jan. 16. It was a good visit, he says, but not good enough for him to end his recruitment and give a firm commitment to the new Volunteer coaches.

"It went good," he says. "I liked the coaches, I liked the players. They didn't have anything bad to say about their coaches, nothing like that."

Phillips says he still has four teams in the running for his signature on Wednesday, Feb. 4.

"All the ones that I'm taking an official to," he says of his favorites. "Florida State, Tennessee, Arkansas and Auburn."

Phillips plans on majoring in sports management and adds that academics are going to play a huge part in making his decision.

Phillips attended Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis and transferred to Olive Branch for his senior season. He is being recruited to play either offensive tackle or defensive tackle.

"I played every snap on offense and a lot of snaps on defense," he explains. "At my old school I played every snap on offense and defense. Then my senior year I played a lot of snaps on defense and every snap on offense."

He also plays basketball at Olive Branch.

In addition to his massive size, Phillips adds of his strengths as a player "I like competition. I don't back down. If there are good players on the other side I'm going to play my best against them."

Olive Branch head coach Scott Samsel says he believes that Phillips has what it takes to make it at the next level, and possibly in the NFL before his playing days are over.

"Aubrey is an outstanding talent," Samsel states. "He's going to be a great player. I anticipate him being one of those kinds of kids that is going to make money on Sundays one of these days. He's got a great work ethic and he wants to get better. He's got good feet. He's another one that is a good student and a good person."

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