Make no mistake about it Tyler Phillips is a very large prospect in the 2009 class. Checking in at 6'3 275 pounds he's got a college ready frame but he's more than just a huge body in the trenches for the Boiling Springs Bulldogs. Phillips has been a relentless worker in the weight room and appears on the verge of stirring up quite a bit of noise on the recruiting scene. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Phillips for the very latest regarding his fast developing recruitment.
Tyler plays both ways for the Bulldogs as a OG/DT. The Bulldogs squad has recently maxed out and completed their testing and Phillips shined in a big way during those days. "I benched 300 pounds, squatted 575 pounds, power cleaned 300 pounds, ran a 4.84 second 40 yard dash, ran a 4.4 second pro shuttle, and had a 28 inch vertical." Considering his size those numbers compare on a similar level to fellow 2009 OL prospect Brandon Thomas of Dorman High School who's committed to Clemson. Phillips is hoping that his recruitment like Thomas will explode in a big way very soon.
"Right now I'm hearing the most from Duke, Kentucky, South Carolina, South Carolina State, and Gardner-Webb. I'd have to say Duke and SC State are coming the hardest right now. Tennessee has been calling a lot for me too my coach says."
Tyler has already made an unofficial visit to one program recently and shared his thoughts about the school. "I went down to Columbia to check out South Carolina. I liked USC, they have great fans and a good coaching staff."
Two areas that Tyler feels are his biggest strengths are his "quickness and aggressiveness." There are areas of his game that he'll continue to focus on improving and he shared one big aspect he's been spending a lot of attention on. "I'm working hard to get my upper body strength up."
As of right now Tyler holds no offers but is hoping that will all change soon as he is starting to pick up steam this offseason and hopes to carry it on into his senior season where a strong showing early could turn all of that interest into some scholarship offers. Given the need for athletic linemen we feel that will become a reality sooner than later.
Speaking of next season Tyler says he's ready to lace them up and get after it to impress more college coaches. There are a few games on the schedule that the talented prospect has circled on the calendar. "I'm looking forward to playing Byrnes, because they have a good defensive line. Also Spartanburg High too, because we have never beaten them."
Uncertain of his statistics from last year Phillips says one game sticks out in his mind as his best as a junior. "The Wren game because our running back had 300 yards rushing."
Also of note for potential college coaches who are looking for talented linemen Phillips currently holds a 3.0 GPA and has posted a 21 on the ACT. When you add those intangibles to the fact that he's a 6'3 275 pound lineman with 4.84 speed, squats 575 pounds, and runs a 4.4 second pro shuttle time things will be looking up in a hurry for the big man from BSHS. With that said, let the Tyler Phillips sweepstakes begin!