Is Vanderbilt nearing offer for Phillips?

Jacob Phillips is on his way to a big sophomore season in the Nashville area. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound linebacker, who plays at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., has received three SEC offers in the past two weeks. Vanderbilt could be the next as Phillips had a nice showing at the Commodore camp this past summer.

"I've been talking regularly with Vanderbilt ever since the camp this summer," Phillips said. "I really did like working with Coach Kotulski when I was there. He's a nice man. They have invited me for an unofficial visit for a game this season. As far as an offer, they're still looking at me. I think I did pretty well at the camp. I was named one of the stand-out players at the camp. Hopefully, I come out of the evaluation process with an offer.

"It was a couple of Wednesdays ago when I received my first offer from Ole Miss. I was there this past weekend for the Alabama game and thought it was great. Then, Tennessee came in with an offer. I'll be going there this weekend for the Chattanooga game. Most recent was Kentucky. I had been there previously and they said they really liked my attitude, how mature I am, and just the way I handled myself. All of my offers have been at linebacker and I'd have to say that they been based off my sophomore film."

Phillips played on the freshman team in 2013 at Beech. He says the SEC offers were not expected coming into the season.

"I've come a long way since the start of the season," he explained to VandyMania.com. "Things were a little shaky at first making the move to varsity but I just kept getting better and better each week. Once I got comfortable on the field, I've been playing aggressive with a high motor, just striving each week to improve my game. It's seems to be going pretty well. In seven games, I have three sacks."

Although Phillips has three offers from three outstanding programs from a powerhouse conference, the way he sees it is this thing is just getting started.

"I'm not looking to commit anywhere any time soon," he said. "I never really think about committing or reason to commit. I'm just feeling blessed to have the offers I have and hope that many more will follow. We'll see how it flows. In the next year I'll probably have to start looking at it more seriously, but right now I'm enjoying getting to know the coaches. I still have two years of [high school] ball after this one so my focus has been on the game and continuing to grow as a player."

Phillips has a brother, Joshua, who is a forward on the MTSU basketball team. He said MTSU has been one of the other schools expressing early interest with Vanderbilt, along with Nebraska, and the three schools that have offered.

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