When January arrived and colleges began to host junior day weekends, Patterson High linebacker Lorenzo Phillips hit the ground running.
Two stops came with family members in tow, first a trip to College Station and later a trip to Baton Rouge. Both schools have offered the 2012 prospect a scholarship.
“There is a lot I like about both schools, so it’s a tough decision when you look at the big picture,” said Phillips on Friday night. “I just want to make sure that I’m making the right decision in the end. That’s why I am opening things back up instead of ending it right now.”
Coming off a track meet where the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder claimed the top spot in the javelin with a distance of 170-feet, Phillips recapped the week that was.
“I had committed (to Texas A&M), but after I talked with my dad and then went to LSU and thought more about things I realized that I was making an emotional decision that was a little bit rushed,” he said. “I still have a long time to think things over. I just told myself that I needed to look at more schools and then evaluate everyone at once.
“I called over to coach (Mike) Sherman and them and said what was on my mind, and they were completely cool and said that everything was still smooth. They want me to be sure about it before I commit for good.”
Phillips, who originally planned to be in Baton Rouge on Saturday, came to LSU’s practice on Thursday, where he was able to watch the Tigers work through their fourth day of spring practice. It was the Patterson standout's first time to see the Tigers outside of a game setting.
“I saw a lot of things that I didn’t know about before, and that played into it too,” Phillips said. “Really I just got a feel for where I could fit into their system and how they would be working me out on a daily basis. I really liked what they showed me and it was a good environment to be around.
"I watched coach (John) Chavis work out the linebackers for a while, then I went and saw the defensive backs do their drills. I even got to see (former teammate) Kenny Hilliard, but not in the Big Cat Drill or anything like that. That’s what I wanted to see.”
Phillips will continue to make unofficial visits throughout the spring, hoping to fit in return trips to College Station and Baton Rouge, among other stops.
“I might be back up to Baton Rouge on Saturday because some of my teammates are going to see them scrimmage, but I’m not 100-percent on that yet,” Phillips said. “I’ll need to start planning these visits when I sit down and have some time. Right now I’ve just been busy with school and track, so I’ve had to work to fit in visits here and there.
“I am open to everyone right now. I like a lot about LSU and Texas A&M for sure, but I’ll hear out some other schools and then sit down and talk with my parents about everything. I’m just trying to enjoy it and make a good decision.”