Phillips says he's headed to Auburn
Mississippi OL Aubrey Phillips, who spurned Auburn for Florida State on signing day, has reversed course and expects to play for the Tigers this fall. We know this because our friends at AuburnSports.com, AuburnUndercover.com and ITAT tell us it is so.
Phillips' 2009 availability is in question. Though he has been released from his Letter of Intent with FSU, Phillips will need a waiver from the NCAA to compete this season. I'm not sure that'll matter. It's rare that a freshman can playing a meaningful role along any offensive line -- much less in the Southeastern Conference.
Of note is what Phillips said about his reasons for leaving FSU.
Here's what he told AuburnSports.com:
- Phillips said he arrived at FSU weighing 340 pounds.
- He participated in summer workouts and claims to have lost 15 pounds.
- He said his position coach, former Auburn assistant Rick Trickett, initially was supportive of Phillips' work. At some point, though, Trickett's opinion changed and he became dissatisfied with Phillips' work.
- ``(Trickett) told me I couldn't sit by the linemen at lunch. He told me I couldn't talk to them or be around them. He told me I wasn't a lineman anymore and the only reason I was part of the team was because of the Letter of Intent."
- Phillips believes FSU's recent troubles with the NCAA, which resulted in the program drawing probation, will help him earn an eligibility waiver.
``If I had known about that probation earlier, I would have never signed with Florida State," Phillips told AuburnSports.com. "I wish I could go back to Signing Day and sign with Auburn the way it should have been."