Patterson head coach Tommy Minton didn’t want to put words into the mouth of his star linebacker, but by Friday afternoon he was sure of one thing.
After a weekday trip to Baton Rouge, Lorenzo Phillips was not committed to Texas A&M.
“Lorenzo sat down this morning and told me that he still likes Texas A&M a lot, but after seeing LSU again and all those athletes out there practicing, it made him realize that LSU was right there at the top, too,” Minton said.
“He just feels like right now he needs to look at some more schools because he has a lot of time before he has to make a decision.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has offers from both LSU and Texas A&M (among others), and the rising senior has made trips to both campuses for Junior Day weekends.
On Thursday, Phillips was back on the LSU campus, this time to watch the Tigers work through their fourth practice of the spring.
“Lorenzo went up there and got to see them practice, and he had a good long conversation with coach Frank (Wilson), coach (Les) Miles, coach (John) Chavis, and really all the coaches,” Minton said. “It made him realize that he may have rushed and made a decision a little too soon.”
Phillips will now put his process on cruise control until the spring evaluation period, where college staffs – namely LSU and Texas A&M assistants – will flock to Patterson to see Phillips in his own backyard.
While the Tigers locked up Kenny Hilliard out of PHS in the Class of 2011 and have now put all hands on deck with Phillips, the Aggies aren’t out of the running.
“Lorenzo said that he really likes Texas A&M because it’s a great university with a great school with a lot to offer,” Minton said. “They are still really high on his list. He told me that he wasn’t saying he’s not going to Texas A&M, but that he really just wanted to keep looking around to make sure that he makes the right decision.”