As noted by Ben earlier this week, defensive tackle Dante Phillips, a four-star member of Florida’s 2012 recruiting class, was unexpectedly denied admission to the school. As a result, Phillips is once again fair game on the recruiting trail and, suffice to say, the talented lineman is not lacking suitors.
At the top of Phillips’ future to-do list — provided his appeal through UF channels is denied, of course — is another Florida school, with the player himself telling RebelGrove.com that at this point in time Miami is “the favorite more than most other schools because they’re in-state.” In addition to the reciprocal interest from the Hurricanes, Phillips also said he has spoken to coaches at Ole Miss, and that the Rebels are “in my top 10 right now.”
As for other schools that interest the lineman, Phillips said he’s “waiting on a few more phone calls” from the likes of Alabama, LSU, USC and UCLA.
Phillips said he hopes to have a decision made shortly, and that the decision will be based on “a good coaching staff with some NFL reputation, a good DL coach and someone who can make me a tactician.” Such factors would seem to indicate that the Tide and Tigers are very much in the mix.
Provided they give a player who was rated as the No. 9 DT in the Class of 2012 a call, of course.
(Photo credit: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)