AUBURN, Ala — Offensive lineman Aubrey Phillips flirted with Auburn prior to National Signing Day in February before eventually choosing Florida State. As it turns out, he’s coming to the Plains after all.
Phillips told the Tigers’ three major recruiting Web sites that he plans to enroll at Auburn after being given his unconditional release from Florida State last week.
The 6-foot-6 lineman reportedly fell out of favor with the Seminoles coaching staff after showing up last month at 340 pounds, 30 pounds more than his high school playing weight. He began exploring his options last week.
Phillips would need to sit out for a year after switching schools, per NCAA transfer rules, but he said he plans to file a waiver with the NCAA asking for immediate eligibility. He hopes the recent sanctions handed down against Florida State will help his cause.
A four-star recruit out of Olive Branch (Miss.) High, the same school as incoming Auburn freshman safety Daren Bates and 2010 commit Shon Coleman, Phillips would provide depth at a position of need for the Tigers. Auburn had eight scholarship linemen in the spring. None remain from the 2008 class, and Andre Harris and John Sullen are the only two incoming freshmen this August.
Phillips would count against Auburn’s 2009 class.
Auburn also got its 11th commitment for 2010 from Lincoln, Ala., athlete D.J. Howard. A 6-foot, 195-pound running back/defensive back, Howard chose Auburn over offers from a host of schools in the Southeast, most prominently Arkansas, Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi State.
Rivals ranks him as a 3-star recruit. Scout has him at 1 star.