All-American Lineman Considering Auburn

A highly regarded offensive lineman discusses his interest in Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn football Tigers.

Olive Branch, Miss.--Auburn only signed two offensive linemen for its 2009 football signee class, but there is a possibility of a third on the horizon.

Big Aubrey Phillips, who was recruited by Gene Chizik's staff earlier this year, chose Florida State over the Tigers and signed with the Seminoles. However, moving to Tallahassee this summer he left the program and is looking for a new place to play college football.

"I will be visiting Auburn on Sunday," the U.S. Army All-American tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am looking at going to Auburn or Arkansas. I should have a decision next week."

Aubrey Phillips

Phillips says he doesn't want to discuss in detail what happened with him and the Seminoles, but did say, "There was a misunderstanding and I didn't think I was treated fairly. I want to go to a college where they really care about the players and I don't think that was the case at FSU."

Phillips took an official visit to Auburn last year as a senior at Olive Branch High School. The school from suburban Memphis put another player in the 2009 Auburn signee class, Daren Bates, a safety who is expected to join the Auburn team in August.

Phillips says he and Bates are good friends and is also played with 2010 Auburn commitment, Shun Coleman, an offensive lineman from Olive Branch, who committed to the Tigers in the spring.

The lineman also played defense in high school, but projects as an offensive tackle on the college level. He says that he currently stands approximately 6-5 to 6-6 and weighs 336 pounds.

Olive Branch head coach Scott Samsel says, "Aubrey is an outstanding talent. 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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