Phillips Impressed With Junior Day

A prospect to keep an eye on this year is Wellston, OH LB/DE Lance Phillips. The 6-2, 240 pound Phillips is one of the state's top small school talents and is drawing interest from Ohio State. Phillips was recently at OSU's Junior Day and came away impressed.

Wellston LB/DE Lance Phillips was one of several fine prospects in attendance at Ohio State Junior Day, and he liked what he saw.

I loved it. I absolutely loved it. Just the atmosphere gave me goose-bumps.

Lance realizes after Junior Day that he has some solid competition for any open scholarship spots, but he's ready for the challenge.

"I saw some of the other prospects I have been hearing about, and I have my work cut out for me, but I will out-work them and find a way to be the best," he said.

Lance also got a chance to talk with the coaches.

"I got to talk with Coach Conley, and my dad gave them some tape of my so i'm happy they have film on me now. I didn't get a chance to talk with Coach Snyder," he said.

"Coach Tressel was very well-spoken and classy as usual. It was an awsome experience."

Lance is a busy guy these days as he is playing basketball and also hitting the weights.

"I'm playing basketball and powerlifting so I don't have any free-time," he said. "Whenever I do have a free Saturday, I'm going to Accelerate Ohio to work on my speed and explosion. On bench, I'm working out doing 5 sets of 295. On squat, I'm working out with anywhere from 425 to 495 and going for 4 or 5 sets. On deadlift, I'm working out with around 425-485 for 5 sets."

"I recently won my class in a power lifting meet. I barely missed 350 on bench, and I just missed 555 on squat. My form totally left me on those two lifts. I was not happy. At the State Power Lifting Meet in Kenton, Ohio, I am very confident that I can get 385 on bench, 625-650 on squat, and 585 on deadlift."

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