Update: Kenneth Phillips - Miami, Fla.

LSU has some of the country's top safeties listing the Tigers in their top five for 2005. <br><br> With two already in the fold (Clarence Ward and Chris Keys), Nick Saban would love to add one more to this year's class and he would be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Miami (Fla.) Carol City's Kenneth Phillips.

Phillips (6-2, 195, 4.4) is rated the top safety in America by TheInsiders.com and it is pretty easy to see why. He has a perfect combination of size, speed and athletic ability but the thing that stands out with him is that he knows he has a ways to go before he makes his dream of playing in the NFL become reality.

"I do not consider myself real good because I have a lot of stuff to work on," said Phillips, who logged seven interceptions, 68 tackles and earned First-Team All-State recognition as a junior. "I guess I have good size and speed, and a sense of where the ball is going."

Plenty of colleges have given him a verbal offer but so far Miami, Florida, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Boston College, Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee and North Carolina State are the only ones to put their offers in writing.

The written offers he has are the ones he is focusing on but one of his verbal offers has made a big impression on him.

"The three Florida schools, North Carolina State and LSU are my top five schools," he said. "They are all about the same. I would not say I have a leader right now but those will probably be the schools I visit."

Do not be surprised if Saban sends Phillips his scholarship papers when coaches can start contacting recruits in September but in the meantime a couple of Phillips' friends and current Tigers, Ali Highsmith and Dwayne Bowe, are keeping him up to speed on what is going on in Baton Rouge.

"I talk to Ali and Dwayne a lot and they tell me how bad I need to go play with them," said Phillips. "I like LSU because I feel like they have a young team that will be something special. They just won the national championship and I would like to be a part of the next one."

Getting to the NFL would fulfill a longtime dream for the standout safety and he thinks Saban would be a great mentor for helping him get there.

"That would help a lot because he has coached in the NFL," Phillips said. There is so much he could teach me to help make that transition to the pros. He has been there and knows what it takes to get there."

Phillips said he projects as a full academic qualifier and plans on making a decision after he takes all of his visits.

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