January 12, 2009

Vols Look To Close With Phillips

Lane Kiffin and the new Tennessee coaching staff have wasted no time in making noise on the recruiting trail in the last month. The focus is shifting to official visit weekends now, and we'll see whether or not all the effort in recent weeks pays off with some commitments. The challenge with offensive lineman Aubrey Phillips, who will be among the visitors on campus this weekend, is to keep a committed prospect in the fold.

Phillips (6-foot-6, 310 pounds), from Olive Branch, Miss., originally committed to the Vols after a strong performance in camp over the summer earned him a scholarship offer.

A strong senior season for Phillips increased his standing as a prospect, which along with the wholesale change on the Tennessee coaching staff has led to some January drama in his recruitment.

The battle to hang on to him began this past weekend when Phillips made an official visit to Arkansas.

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