Change Coming For Big Offensive Tackle?

This top offensive line prospect talks about his weekend visit to Auburn.

Olive Branch, Miss.--Looking for help at the offensive tackle position, Auburn hosted U.S. Army All-American Aubrey Phillips on an official visit over the weekend. A commitment to Tennessee prior to the weekend, Phillips says that may change this week.

"I'm still committed, but on signing day there will be a change," Phillips tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Right now it's Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee."

At 6-5, 325, Phillips is a player that is looking for early playing time, something Auburn can provide with a lack of depth up front at offensive tackle. He notes that because of that he'll give the Tigers a long look.

"It will play a big part in my decision," Phillips says. "They need tackles and I could come in and play the left or right side. It's going to be a big decision for me and if I want to play early Auburn is a good place to go."

Taking the visit with high school teammate Daren Bates, Phillips says he got an earful all weekend from the safety commitment and adds that will add in to the positives for Auburn when the time comes.

"It was good because it will play a big role in my decision," Phillips says. "He would be somebody from my hometown because we're both from Memphis. It's a big-time decision I have to make."

Giving the visit high marks, Phillips says one of the big positives for Auburn is new offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. Using the weekend to get more acquainted with the former Colorado coach, Phillips says Grimes was one of the highlights of the visit for hin.

"It went good," Phillips says. "I got to visit with the coaches and the players. Plus I got to talk some football with coach (Jeff) Grimes. It was good.

"That was good," he adds. "He's a laid-back coach. He's kind of young so he knows what's going on. He's someone you could go to with your problems if I decide to go there. It was very important to meet him. I'm glad he came so I could meet him ahead of time. He made my visit a whole lot better."


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