Aubrey Phillips is a massive offensive line prospect from Olive Branch, MS. The 6'4" 345 pound lineman has been a commitment to Tennessee since June, but has since opened up his recruitment when former coach Phil Fulmer left the program. The All-State performer has been a 4 year starter on the varsity level and is one of the top players in Mississippi for the 2009 class. Phillips was a late addition to the U.S. Army All-American game; he told NoleDigest that so far things have been going well and that he is excited to be apart of the game.
"I'm here in San Antonio for the Army All-American game," said Phillips, "and it's going good so far. I was a late addition for the game but that's okay. They have me playing left tackle. The first practice today was good and I had a good time."
In June Aubrey made a commitment to the University of Tennessee. After the season Tennessee and longtime coach Phil Fulmer decided to part ways. That factor has led to Phillips to look at some other programs and see what they have to offer.
"I'm a soft verbal to Tennessee," explained Phillips. "I'm looking around at some other schools to see what they have to offer. If Coach Fulmer hadn't left Tennessee, I wouldn't have opened up things, but now I am just seeing what else is there. The schools I am looking at are Tennessee, Florida State, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Michigan and Oklahoma State."
Florida State is a new school that has been mentioned with Aubrey. What some people don't realize is that the Seminole coaches offered Phillips early on, and that he has ties to FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett. He says that FSU has a legit shot to land him, and that he is taking his official January 30th.
"Coach Trickett came to see me last week at my basketball game," said the 3-star lineman. "We talked about the team and about how I could come in and contribute early. He also told me about the program and how young they are. FSU is a school that offered me when I was at Booker T. Washington last year."
"The thing about Coach Trickett is that I know how he is as a coach because one of my coaches played for him," continued Phillips. "I know that he is tough. My coach was telling me how tough he is, and that he expects a lot out of you. I like that because that means he'll develop you; also I would expect a lot out of him as a coach. When I go there for my visit on January 30th I want to see the environment and the campus at FSU. I'm not familiar with them as a program, but I want to learn more."
With several options left on the board Phillips says that a program is going to have to woo him to make him change his commitment. He told NoleDigest that a decision will come on Signing Day.
"A school is going to have to show me the love that Tennessee showed me when I committed, and that they are the best option for me," stated Phillips. "I'd say right now there is a 75% chance I sign with Tennessee, but I am going to take my visits, look at my options, and then decide on Signing Day."
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on Phillips, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.