Tigers in early on 2012 OT

As the race for prospects in the 2011 recruiting class heats up, the top 2012 prospect are beginning to surface in recruiting circles. CUTigers has the latest on one of the top sophomore offensive tackles out of Florida.

OT Omari Phillips Profile

Shortly after speaking with 2011 Venice High School defensive end Clay Burton, CUTigers is back in touch with another Venice prospect. This time, it's 2012 offensive tackle/defensive tackle Omari Phillips, who also sports an offer from Clemson.

Whether its on the offensive line at tackle or the defensive line at tackle or end, he doesn't mind where he would end up playing at the next level.

"Either one--I would just try to do the best I can," Phillips said.

Clemson, Florida, Alabama and Miami make up his early list of favorites.

"I've also got verbal offers from South Florida, Florida International, Toledo and Florida," Phillips said.

Phillips could join Burton on a trip to Tigertown for junior day later this month.

"If that's fine, I'd like to go too. I'll come up there," Phillips said.

"I like Clemson because I think Clay wants to go up there. I might want to go to school with him. I like them a lot."

Phillips is still looking to learn more about Clemson, but likes what he knows already.

"They put players into the league, like (C.J.) Spiller. I've been watching them a little bit this year," he said. "That hasn't been my favorite school since I was little, or anything. But I've been watching them. I like the way they play."

Whether Phillips actually decides to follow wherever Burton ends up at the next level remains to be seen.

"It would be a plus to go to school with him, because we play on the same side of the ball and play together," Phillips said. "Whatever school is the best for us, I know we're going to make that right choice."

His first offer was from Florida International, and it was extended before his sophomore year.

"It was exciting. I can just try to get better offers. My coaches told me I should be getting offers from everybody, if I just keep working hard," Phillips said.

Clemson wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott is recruiting the Venice prospects.

Phillips is currently 6-6, 267 pounds. He also plays basketball. As a freshman, Phillips played varsity at University Christian School in Jacksonville. He moved to Venice last June.

Scout.com lists Phillips as an offensive tackle, though he plays on both sides of the ball at Venice. He projects as an offensive tackle at the next level and could be among the top recruits in the nation by 2012.

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