What will Lorenzo Phillips' role be in 2013?
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Today, we take a look at redshirt freshman linebacker Lorenzo Phillips .
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Coming out of High School: The recruitment of Lorenzo Phillips was a classic case of why one should never count out the home team.
Texas A&M landed a commitment from Phillips in late March of 2011. That lasted about 24 hours as Frank Wilson spoke with the Patterson, La. standout on his way home from College Station and convinced him to take an unofficial visit to LSU the following day.
Phillips and his family made that visit and he saw enough to pull back on his pledge to the Aggies.
Fewer than three months later, Phillips took an unofficial visit to check out the Florida Gators. The four-star outside linebacker committed to the Gators on that trip, and many felt the Tigers had lost one of the state’s top prospects for good.
Wilson and John Chavis continued to pursue Phillips despite his commitment and four months later he was back on the open market as he dropped the Gators.
Some felt that Phillips was destined for Houston with his teammate Trevon Stewart. However, the persistence of Chavis and Wilson paid off as the Tigers finally landed their man when he committed on his official visit on January 21, 2012.
In Phillips, the Tigers secured Louisiana’s 5th ranked prospect according to the 247Composite and the No. 22 outside backer in the land.
Used primarily as a standup pass rusher at Patterson, Phillips recorded 27 sacks combined during his junior and senior campaigns, along with 147 tackles, including 45 for a loss.
LSU Career: In what has to go down as the best linebacker class on paper for LSU in the past 25 years, Phillips was one of five four-star backers Chavis reeled in on signing day.
Most felt that Phillips would redshirt in 2012 as he took some time to learn his role as more of a traditional linebacker. However, his athleticism got him on the field in four of the Tigers’ first five games with the majority of his time spent on special teams.
Phillips logged one tackle against Towson but he did not play again for the rest of the year. As a result of a season-ending injury, he is listed as a redshirt freshman after receiving a medical redshirt according to LSU.
What we expect to see in 2013: No other position has the depth and quality that Chavis has at his disposal at linebacker.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Philips is running third team. If you factor in incoming freshmen Melvin Jones and Kendell Beckwith that would give Chavis four linebackers that were rated four-star prospects coming out of high school that aren’t on the first or second team units.
Barring injury to Kwon Alexander, Deion Jones or Lamar Louis, Phillips is going to have a tough time cracking the two-deep. He should see plenty of action on special teams, and the best thing that may have happened to him was getting hurt last year as it creates some separation from the other four sophomore linebackers that played last year.