Lorenzo Phillips is quickly becoming one of the hottest prospects in Louisiana for the Class of 2012, wrapping up his junior campaign with a First-Team All-State finish in Class 3A.
Attention from college coaches came from the left and right, but the 2012 linebacker prospect quickly narrowed his scope to the pair of programs that met in January’s Cotton Bowl Classic.
Phillips has visited both LSU and Texas A&M on unofficial visits over the past month, including stops for junior day weekends on each campus.
“There’s a lot I like about both schools,” said Phillips, who has offers from both programs, among others. “I am glad that I have gotten to see a good bit about both of them already, but I don’t think I’m going to announce right now. There’s no real point in rushing it. I want to make sure I make the right choice.”
Coming off a weekend trip to College Station, Phillips and his family trekked to Baton Rouge on Wednesday to visit with the LSU coaches and tour the campus.
“We did everything from sit downs with the coaches to tours to lunch,” he said. “It was great to get out of Patterson for a day, and even better to spend it with family up in Baton Rouge. They got that chance to talk to every coach and walk around campus and take it all in. My dad meeting the coaches was big.
“We enjoyed the whole day.”
Phillips, who lines up as an outside linebacker at Patterson, met with LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis to talk about where he would fit into the mix in purple and gold.
“We sat down together in his office and he laid it all out, explaining I would come in and they would start me out at WILL,” he said. “He also laid out some depth chart stuff, and if I competed at a high level then I could come in and get some early playing time. I would like that.”
Being recruited to LSU by Frank Wilson, Phillips and his family ended the day with a conversation with head coach Les Miles and then Wilson.
“We clowned around and everything, but they both told us how they wanted me at LSU and that I needed to come back and visit this spring,” he said. “I think I will make a practice up there once they start up.
“LSU left a really good impression, and my mom and them liked it. I’m going to get back to Texas A&M at some point. Then I’ll see how things go this summer.”