Unlike seasons past, the LSU staff has not been forced outside of the state in their search for linebackers for the 2012 class.
Currently, West St. John’s Ronnie Feist (6-1, 210) is the staff’s lone commitment that projects as a pure linebacker. Woodlawn’s Torshiro Davis (6-3, 210) will get looks as a pass-rush defensive end, while Breaux Bridge’s Lamar Louis (6-0, 220) could add to an already deep running back position.
“I know the LSU coaches really want me and have me as a top priority,” Phillips said. “(Defensive coordinator) Coach Chavis told me that I was his top linebacker, and when I was up there he showed me around and let me exactly how I would fit in. I still feel good about things there.”
The Tigers sent Chavis and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson to Patterson High during the spring evaluation period, joining coaches from the likes of Alabama and Texas A&M, a school that Phillips was once committed to.
Back open, and still favoring the Tigers and Aggies over the field, Phillips will get his summer recruiting tour started with a trip to Baton Rouge this weekend.
“I am coming up for the picnic on Saturday,” he said. “I am going to be riding with Trevon Stewart, and Jaydrick Declouet might be coming also. We are looking forward to it. With school over, I am ready to get all the summer stuff started.”
Phillips said he will likely return to the LSU campus a week later for the start of June camp.
Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, is a four-star prospect and the No. 19 ranked outside linebacker by Scout.com.