Lorenzo Phillips was one of the top prospects on hand for the Under Armour Combine at the New Orleans Saints indoor facility this past Sunday.
Coming in at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds, the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker flashed a great burst off the line, proving once again why he can be so valuable with his straight-line speed in pass rush situations.
“College coaches like me as someone who can rush the passer, no other way to explain it,” Phillips said. “Texas A&M likes me as a Joker linebacker, and LSU tells me I can be that outside guy who comes in and competes for playing time after (Ryan) Baker graduates. Both sound good to me.”
Phillips was committed to the Aggies in early March, only to pull back his pledge the following day.
Now, Texas A&M and LSU sit side-by-side.
“I opened things back up because those were the only two schools I even visited up to that point, so I needed to look around more before things went final,” Phillips said. “I don’t even want to pick a school until maybe my first or second game. I am going to just wait and let it play out.
“I still like (LSU and Texas A&M) the most, but I want to keep looking.”
Phillips visited Louisiana-Lafayette for their Spring Game earlier this month, and he plans on making unofficial visits to Arizona and Nebraska in the near future. He also plans to return to both Baton Rouge and College Station, Texas.
As for the lead group, Phillips made no bones about what separates them from the pack.
“It’s the defense,” he said. “That’s the main thing that got me with both schools. At Texas A&M I saw what they do with their linebackers, and that’s when I really started liking them. Then they have great facilities and the weight program, and coach (Mike) Sherman took me through all of it and showed me how it would benefit me.
“Then at LSU (defensive coordinator and linebackers) coach (John) Chavis took me with him during practice and said to watch everything they did, and as he worked the team out he showed me how I would fit in. I watched Baker practice and saw how they would use me in blitz situations, so that was cool for me.”
With nine commitments, eight from Louisiana, the Tigers will soon be out to visit Phillips and his Patterson teammates during the spring evaluation period.
“Coach Frank (Wilson) told me that I was one of his first stops,” Phillips said. “Of course they recruit all the top players in the state, so it feels good to get that offer and be wanted. I’m looking forward to them coming down here. I have gotten a good relationship going with coach Frank now, and he will take care of me if I decide to go there.”
Scout.com ranks Phillips, an early four-star prospect, as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country.