It's true offensive linemen never get the glory. Working hard in the trenches to help their skill players find time and openings their work is never fully appreciated. One of the brightest and fastest rising offensive linemen in the state is Boiling Springs High standout Tyler Phillips. Over the past few months more colleges have been taking notice of his size, athleticism, and talent. He sat down with SCPrepNation.com to update us about it all in fact.
"South Carolina State I feel may be close to offering me. There aren't a lot of new schools involved since the last time we talked." Even though things haven't blown up in a major way things are moving along progressively. Sort of how the Bulldogs season has gotten underway thus far. With some big victories Phillips talked about how strong the season has been for Boiling Springs so far. "It feels good. We are trying to make a statement and let everybody know that we are ready for anybody this season."
Being a part of one of the state's largest offensive lines there's a simple approach to how he and his teammates take things. "We just go out there and play our game no matter what defense they line up in or who we are playing."
Athletic and agile offensive linemen are in great demand and at 6'3 275 pounds Phillips is one of the best in the state. Still with no scholarship offer to his credit yet he says the first offer to come in will carry great meaning for him. "It's going to be huge knowing that I can go to a school and play football. It's something I have always been dreaming of doing." Tyler says he plans to wait out his options to see what kind of interest/offers he's able to generate this season before making a decision.
Two schools however could get an on the spot verbal from Phillips if they were to offer him he says. "Tennessee and North Carolina are two schools that I would commit to on the spot if they were to offer me. I like them both that much."
With legit 4.84 speed, a 4.4 short shuttle, and maximums of 300 pounds on both the bench press and power clean along with a 575 pound squat Phillips is a sleeper in a big way.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Tyler Phillips and all of the top football and basketball prospects in the Palmetto State every week so stay tuned!