Phillips Recounts his Last Visit to Florida

Pardon Lorenzo Phillips if he is a little giddy about his commitment to Florida. The 6-2, 205 pound linebacker from Patterson (LA) is a bullet on the field and is exactly what Will Muschamp is looking for on defense. Phillips visited almost two months ago for Florida's Friday Night Lights camp and the visit lived up to all his expectations.

Lorenzo Phillips fits the bill as a Florida linebacker. He is a guy that loves to play close to the line of scrimmage and when he sees the ball carrier he makes a bee line where there is always a collision. He actually is quite adept at getting after the quarterback.

"Blitzing and pass rushing of course," Phillips answered last week when asked what his strength was as a defender. "That is something I don't need help in. With my quickness and everything, that is what I use to my advantage when I go against big ole linemen."

At the camp in July, he got to work out in from of Florida coaches and was able to pick up on a lot. It was easy to see where his skill set would fit.

"They are telling me outside linebacker at Florida," he said. "The easy part is blitzing, but we got introduced to all that new stuff like covering. I think I did pretty well with moving around and everything."

While in Gainesville and in The Swamp, Phillips was also able to talk extensively to linebacker coach D.J. Durkin, his recruiting coach Derek Lewis, and Florida head coach Will Muschamp. Each of the three made a favorable impression.

"I love him, he tells you just like it is, he doesn't put anything to the side," Phillips said of Lewis who recruits the state of Louisiana for the Gators. "He tells you straight up that you have to come in here and work hard. I personally like him a lot, think he is a good coach, and want to be around his kind of people. He talked about family and everything with football and what kind of program they have going on over there at Florida, so I really liked him."

Durkin got to spend some time coaching him up and taught Phillips a few things.

"I can't wait to get down there to be around Coach Durkin at practice," he said. "He coaches you. If you are good enough he will put you on the field. I really like that about them down there. They don't push anything to the side and let you know just what to be done."

Muschamp lived up to his billing according to Phillips.

"When they first started contacting me, my dad talked to him and once he talked to my family, they played a big role in where I was going. Once they talked about him, I couldn't wait to meet him. I was so excited when I went in his office. He was also very excited to have me there.

"Not everybody gets a Florida offer and I really didn't want to stay in Louisiana. The decision wasn't really about the coaching itself. I just wanted to be around good people. I just felt like if I committed here, that Coach Muschamp was going to be the one that was right for me."

For now the recruitment has slowed down a bit, the Gators are the ones that really stay hard on Phillips.

"People have still been in contact, but it hasn't been anything like it was," he said referring to the process before his commitment. "LSU sends me a few letters, but I haven't been talking to them or anything."

He has his first game of the year this week and is concent5rating on his season. But, he is also thinking about his future at Florida and guys like future teammate Jeremi Powell who Phillips got to know at Friday Night lights and also plays linebacker.

"I have been talking to Jeremi Powell," he said. "I think he is a real player. We are going to get along great. We have been texting and everything. I watched him move around (at Friday Night Lights), so I think we are going to be big on Saturdays in Gainesville."


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