Joseph Phillips collects offers from some of the best programs in the SEC and beyond.
Phillips is a product of Booker T. Washington High School in Alabama. He currently holds nine D1 offers, including offers from Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and others.
The Florida Gators are the newest school for juniors. He received the offer during a visit to Gainesville last weekend.
“It was a great visit,” said Phillips. “I had a good chat with the coaches and stuff. Everyone has pretty much the same plans. It’s a good school and the good thing is that it’s in Florida.”
The Alabama Crimson Tide was offered to Phillips in October, and he couldn’t believe it.
“It was crazy because like I always say, you grew up watching TV and you never thought you could get something like this,” Phillips said. “I got it, and it’s like surreal. I love the facility they have. They have good training material. I had a chance to speak to Coach Saban. He’s exactly like he’s just TV. The only difference is that he just looks smaller.”
The Crimson Tide will attempt to bring Phillips to campus for an unofficial visit for one of his spring practices.
Auburn got Phillips recruiting rolling with his first offer. He has a close relationship with the Tigers’ new hires.
“Our relationship is a little bit better because it’s just around the corner,” Phillips said. “It’s like I can always get in touch with them. Their new facilities are tough too. The old team was good but it’s more exciting with the new team because they know exactly what the players want, especially at Coach Cadillac. It just makes it so much better.”
Penn State followed Auburn and became the second school to offer Phillips. He said he feels the Nittany Lions are recruiting him the hardest.
“I have a good relationship with them and Auburn started my process,” Phillips said.
At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Phillips wreaked havoc on the edge as a junior by exploding into the backfield. He was also a mismatch when placed outside to run stretches as a wide receiver, showing great athletics and the ability to go upstairs and get the football. He’s looking to improve as an off-the-ball linebacker next season.
“I’m going to try to move to middle linebacker this year,” Phillips told Touchdown Alabama. “I’ll still play a bit of Edge, but I’ll try to switch and then just work on coverage. I’m good at rushing the quarterback, but I need to figure out the coverage part.