Rebels in the home of Tennessee OL commit

The massive 6' 4", 340 pound Tennessee commit had a chance to meet the Vols new head coach this evening.

"Coach Kiffin came by my house tonight," added Aubrey Phillips. "He brought over Coach Akines with him."

What was the new boss' message?

"He told me the same things Coach Fulmer told me. He wanted me to know that I have a chance to compete for a starting spot, but I will have to work for it. He said I have a legit chance to come in and run with the first team. He wants to see what I can do. But he also wanted me to know that school would be first, and I would have to be disciplined and be on time for everything."

What stood out during the visit?

"He was honest. Coach Kiffin said he did not know who would be on his staff, but he knew for sure that he would be."

Any concerns with the coaching change over?

"Yea, somewhat. I am going to just sit back, take my visits, and go from there. I am still committed to Tennessee, but I am going to take my visits. I have a lot to think about."

The Olive Branch (MS) product also received an inhome visit from Mississippi's flag ship university.

"Coach Markuson (from Ole Miss) came to my house also. He told me that they are graduating two of their starters, and they are looking to sign 6 or 7 quality linemen to take their place. They want me to come over there and give them a look and give them a chance before I sign with Tennessee."

What stood out during the inhome visit with Ole Miss?

"Just the fact that they have some OL positions open. I can work hard and start as a freshman. They need some replacements. I am a big guy. I just need to get in shape, and I can be one of those replacements."

The Tennessee commit set up a visit with the Rebels, along with several more schools.

"I am going to Oklahoma State this weekend, Arkansas on January 9th, Tennessee on January 15th, and Ole Miss on January 22nd."

When did OSU get in the picture?

"When they hired Trooper Taylor (former Vol assistant)."

And Arkansas?

"They have been in the picture. I actually went up there last weekend to see them play LSU. I have been talking to Coach Johnson for a while."

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