"Andrew Phillips is just a real aggressive kid," added Watts. "You see a lot of big guys take plays off when they get tired on this level, but he never takes a play off, I mean never. He plays extremely hard no matter the score. He is 6' 3", 305 and has a good feel for the game and is very smart. Andrew has already scored a 26 on the ACT, if that gives you any indication of his intelligence level."
good of a young man Andrew is on the field, he is just as good of a person off
"He is just a fine kid, just a good Christian kid. Andrew
is the leader of our school. He is a model student who has been raised right.
He is one of those rare old school players who gets fired up about Friday night.
He is a throw back player that plays at an extremely high level."
believes his strengths on the field lie in pull blocking.
I am really good at pulling," stated Andrew. "I am pretty quick off
of my feet. I am good at pass blocking too. It is not that difficult for me. My
strength is my power in my legs. A lot of people say that for a big guy, I have
good bend in my legs. I come off low on the ball because of my bend. A lot of
coaches, like Coach Markuson at Ole Miss, say that is what they are looking for."
actually had a chance to take in Ole Miss' homecoming this past Saturday.
just got back in from their game yesterday. Coach Dickerson, the guy who recruits
my area, has been calling me every week. It seems to me that Coach Markuson is
pretty warm to me. He came up to me during the warm ups and gave me a high five
and we talked for a while after the game. Then I had somebody come up from behind,
and give me a big ole bear hug, and it was Coach Dickerson. That made me feel
good. I am liking Ole Miss a lot right now."
Andrew is no stranger
to the Ole Miss staff as he attended their senior camp in late July.
went to their camp this summer and ran my best 40 time at a 5.3. I actually went
to Ole Miss, MSU, USM, and South Carolina's camps, but I think I did best at the
Ole Miss camp."
What has Phillips and Coach Dickerson been discussing
over the phone for the past month and change?
"The main thing I mention
to him is that this year I play guard, center, and tackle. Coach Dickerson told
me that Coach Markuson likes a guy who has experience and the ability to play
all three positions. He thinks your best athletes can play all three positions.
That is what we pretty much talk about. Coach Dickerson said they really like
me and that they plan to come see me play (this Friday)."
North Forrest product had a chance to take in anymore visits this Fall?
have been to some USM games because it is just down the road, but the pregame
is so much faster in the SEC. Coach Markuson is going ninety to nothing. In the
stands, they are doing that Hotty Toddy and getting all fired up. It is just great.
There is something about it. It just has me."
Who else is heavily
involved in Andrew's recruitment?
"I got a call from Memphis last
week, but S' East LA and USM are the only two other programs who are coming after
me hard, outside of Ole Miss. Coach Capp (from USM) said he just needs some more
game tape on me, but they are coming after me pretty hard."
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