There is no hiding the fact that Lorenzo Phillips is one of the top priorities left on LSU’s in-state board for 2012, and the staff made certain to focus as much of their attention on the four-star linebacker as possible – sending out multiple coaches to spend time on the Patterson High sidelines during spring ball this May.
At 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, Phillips fits the bill as an outside linebacker in LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis’ system - one built on speed off the edges.
“They keep telling me that I am one of their top guys,” Phillips said. “I came into the weekend knowing that. Coach Frank (Wilson) and coach Chavis have both let me know that I am the right fit for their outside backers, and that all of LSU wants me to stay at home.”
Phillips made Saturday’s drive from Patterson to Baton Rouge with teammate Trevon Stewart, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound corner prospect that has hopes of earning an SEC offer – a reason to bring them both back to Baton Rouge in just over a week.
“Stewart has been looking for that big offer, so we are going to start doing some camps together, and our first stop will be LSU for the June session,” Phillips said. “I just want to get out there and keep getting a feel for places, and (Stewart) will be trying to do his thing for all the coaches. It should be a good time.”
With offers from double-digit schools, Phillips still holds LSU and Texas A&M as his two frontrunners, a lead group that hasn’t changed since the infant stages of his recruitment.
Did the weekend spent hanging out with LSU coaches and players help push the Bayou State star any more into the Tigers’ corner?
“It was definitely worth coming in,” Phillips said. “We ate and chilled and just had a good time. I got to talk with coach Frank and then some of the other coaches, so it was nice.
“All the recruits and coaches played spades, but since I am not into cards I just hung out. I spent most of my time sitting around talking to people.”
Once committed to the Aggies, Phillips remains open and is not ready to set a decision date. The nation’s No. 19 ranked outside linebacker plans on taking unofficial visits this summer to both LSU and Texas A&M.