Picking FSU a Mistake, Future Tiger Says

Aubrey Phillips discusses his decision to leave Tallahassee and why he plans to play college football at Auburn.

Olive Branch, Miss.--U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle Aubrey Phillips says he made a mistake signing with Florida State, but is looking forward to a fresh start playing football for the Auburn Tigers.

Phillips, who signed with the Seminoles in February, says he expects to receive a waiver so he can re-sign again with the Tigers and be eligible to play for the 2009 season.

The former Olive Branch, Miss., High School star says that FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett is why he left Tallahassee after going there this summer to get a head start on the 2009 season.

"I am just amazed at what the media is saying at Florida State," Phillips says on the subject of why he left. "They said I left because of my weight and everything. I left because of what was going on. I was losing weight--something like 15 or 16 pounds while I was there--so the weight was not going to be a problem."

Commenting on why he left FSU, Phillips says, "I was mistreated and cussed out for no reason every day. I was told I would never play and called a ************ every day. He (Trickett) told me I would never play for him. He said he wished he had never signed me and all of that.

"I tried to put up with it, but it kept going on," Phillips adds. "He kept calling me a stupid ************ and all of that. My leaving had nothing to do with football. I told them I came there to play football, not be mistreated as a person."

The offensive tackle visited Auburn on Sunday and met with line coach Jeff Grimes and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, who recruits Olive Branch High for the Tigers. Auburn signed safety Daren Bates out of that school in February and Phillips says he is looking forward to playing at Auburn with his friend Bates.

Aubrey Phillips

Phillips says that he is going to work out at home for the next couple of weeks before reporting to campus at Auburn. He says he is currently around 6-5 to 6-6 and weighs 336 pounds.

"I was already thinking about going to Auburn before," he says. "I picked Florida State for the wrong reasons, but I think I made the right decision now. I feel really good about my decision."

Phillips says with FSU being on probation that he believes that he will be able to receive a waiver to be eligible to play at Auburn this year. The offensive tackle says Auburn offers a good opportunity with the Tigers short on offensive line depth for the coming season and only two other offensive linemen in the incoming freshmen class. The Tigers have a commitment from another Olive Branch offensive lineman, Shun Coleman, who will be a senior this season.

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