6-4, 255 pounds
Nashville, Tenn. (Hillsboro)
Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State, FSU
A consensus top-200 prospect nationally, Phillips has garnered offers from virtually the entire SEC and several other power programs from around the nation. He released his top five in early August: Alabama, Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee and Tennessee State, in no particular order. Expect the Vols to be in this one until the end with LSU being another major factor. Phillips is taking a visit to Knoxville on Nov. 22 for the Missouri game, got an in-home visit from UT coaches in early December and took his official visit to UT on Dec. 12. Phillips chose Tennessee over LSU and Ole Miss on January 3rd, 2015.
RTI Average: 4.5-stars
Phillips is a slightly oversized defensive end who has the frame of a guy who could eventually move inside, but has enough athleticism to come off the edge in college if that’s where he stays.
He’s far from the most polished prospect, though his large frame and athleticism – he’s been clocked in the 4.6-4.7 40 range – make him everything coaches are looking for in an SEC defensive lineman.
Butch Jones has owned the Nashville area since taking over and Phillips is the latest example. He’s exactly the type of prospect the Vols need to consistently land if they are to return to relevance in the SEC.