Lorenzo Phillips began the week on a low note, coming down with a cold that kept him cooped up for days.
Then came Wednesday’s good news.
LSU was ready to offer Phillips a scholarship.
“It shocked me, and I felt better after that,” he laughed. “I really didn’t expect it, not in the least. Some people down here were telling me that LSU would look into me, but I was still shocked. It’s a huge offer to have, especially being from Louisiana.
“I’ve got a lot of pressure off me now. That’s the offer I would have been thinking about as things played out. I’m glad it came early.”
Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 207-pounder, is being recruited to the Tigers as an outside linebacker. LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, who landed running back Kenny Hilliard out of Patterson in the 2011 class, is leading the charge.
“I talked to coach Frank and I really like him,” said Phillips. “We talked again (Thursday). He said that I should come to campus soon because he wants to meet my family.
“I also talked with coach (Les) Miles and he said a lot of the same stuff. He wants to meet my parents and have them on campus with me. We will get up there for a visit soon.”
Phillips is also hearing from other colleges, from the SEC to the Big 10.
“Texas A&M was my first offer, and I like them too,” he said. “I am staying open because I want to see everything. I plan to go over there also.”
From his friendship with Hilliard to growing up in South Louisiana, Phillips said the week’s offer from LSU was one that holds plenty of meaning.
“I grew up loving LSU and wanting to play baseball there, but after sophomore year I focused on football. I’ve always looked at the SEC as a big deal, so it would be cool to play for a school like LSU and be a part of that.”
Phillips will announce his college choice shortly into his senior campaign.
“I will probably take a visit or two and then commit after about week four,” he said. “I am not trying to rush things, but I also don’t want to drag it out into my senior year. I just want to be focused on other things.”