Phillips Plans to Join the Tigers in August

Auburn has picked up a late addition to its 2009 football freshman class from a high school All-American lineman.

Olive Branch, Miss.--Auburn has picked up a late addition to its 2009 signee class with offensive tackle Aubrey Phillips scheduled to join the team in August.

"I am going to play for Auburn," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am getting ready to talk to Coach (Gene) Chizik about it."

The Tigers signed only two offensive linemen, John Sullen and Andre Harris, but U.S. Army All-American Phillips from Olive Branch High will be joining them next month after originally signing with FSU. However, he had a falling out with the FSU coaching staff and left Tallahassee.

Phillips notes that he chose Auburn over Arkansas on his second chance. Auburn will have to file a waiver to get the linemen eligible to play for the 2009 season. The offensive tackle came to Auburn on Sunday to discuss playing for the Tigers, who were one of the finalists for his signature after he took an official visit to Auburn in January.

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 "around 60 to 6-6" and weighs 336 pounds.


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