Position: Inside linebacker
Measurables: 6-foot-3½, 228 pounds
High school: East Nashville Magnet School
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Committed: Jan. 26, 2017
247Sports position rank: 1
247Sports rating: 4 stars
AT A GLANCE
Perhaps Ed Orgeron and Co.'s biggest splash of the recruiting cycle, Phillips flipped from Oklahoma to LSU a week before signing day. LSU’s need for linebackers in this recruiting cycle has been well-chronicled, but snatching the nation’s best inside linebacker from the Sooners still made waves. With prototypical size for a middle linebacker, he diagnoses plays well and hits hard.
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Registering four tackles, including one for loss, Phillips participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. … Combining his junior and senior seasons, he had 245 tackles, four interceptions, five tackles for loss and 2½ sacks. … Claimed Class 3A Tennessee Titans Mr. Football lineman award.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
"He plays very well in space, and he takes coaching really well,” East Nashville coach Brian Waite told The Tennessean newspaper. "That's the thing I've noticed over the past year and a half: his ability to take information you give him, process it and apply it on the field."