Top uncommitted SEC target: Kyle Phillips
Nashville native Kyle Phillips is the top uncommitted player from the state of Tennessee. The Hillsboro High School standout ranks as the No. 110 overall player and No. 8 strong-side defensive end of the 2015 class.
Phillips has received offers from several SEC teams, including Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Auburn. But the senior is expected to decide between Vols, Rebels and Tigers when he makes his official decision during the Army All-American game on Jan. 3.
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Phillips is the top target remaining for Tennessee, who already ranks No. 5 in the 247Sports team composite rankings. The four-star would join a Vols defensive line that already includes All-SEC freshman Derek Barnett and will add two of the nation’s top incoming defensive tackles in Kahlil McKenzie and Shy Tuttle.
“He just said how if they get me, they’ll have pretty much one of the best d-lines in the country next year,” Phillips told VolQuest.com of his talks with Barnett, who played host to Phillips on his recruiting visit and is also from the Nashville area. “He was saying how coaches don’t care to play freshmen early and if I’m good enough, I’ll get the chance to play right away.”
But Phillips also mentioned how impressed he was with LSU, who he called a slight leader.
“LSU is always a good program. I love Coach (Brick) Haley, the d-line coach, and he’s proven to be a really good,” Phillips said. “Coach (John) Chavis is one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. Coach (Les) Miles is a great coach. I just enjoy everything about LSU. They might be my leading school a little bit. They’ve been recruiting me really hard, and my mom, she really loves them a lot. I’m enjoy everything about LSU pretty much.”