UGA and Alabama scouting Griffin OL Nhigel Phillips

Nhigel Phillips proved he had potential to be a college prospect by the way he performed in practices last year.

That’s right, practices.

Every day in practice, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Phillips would line up on the offensive line and compete against his celebrated teammate from Griffin High School – Xzavier Dickson, one of the state’s top defensive ends who ended up signing with Alabama.

“Obviously, Dickson was a senior and Nhigel was a sophomore, and early on Dickson handled him,” Griffin coach Steve Devoursney said. “However, as Nhigel got better and better, whenever he got his hands on Dickson, he could hold his own. Then he started figuring out, ‘Once I got hold of him, I can block him.’ But the problem was getting hold of Dickson.”

Note: You can watch Phillips in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when Griffin plays Dutchtown on WSB-TV’s digital channel 2.2, along with www.wsbtv.com

Phillips projects to be another solid prospect out of historically talent-loaded Griffin. “He’s good – one of the best offensive linemen I’ve coached,” Devoursney said. “He’s real big and strong for a big guy, has a great knee bend, and runs well. He has all the intangibles. He’s a great leader and great kid, all those things you want for a big-time football player.”

Phillips, only a junior, is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. He had generated heavy interest from UGA and Alabama, among others. UGA was his childhood favorite, and Phillips keeps in touch with Bulldogs recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner.

“He just tells me to keep working hard, that I can be the best in the country if I stay after it,” Phillips said. “I’ve been a Georgia fan since I was little. Hopefully, Georgia will be my first offer because I’m from here. But it might be Alabama.”

Phillips is considered one of the state’s top juniors and was selected to play in the RisingSeniors.com Bowl on Dec. 30 in Atlanta.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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62 comments Add your comment

hammerhead

October 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

maddawg

October 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

Cmon GA what are you waiting for? Make an offer!

Worm

October 20th, 2011
1:22 pm

Sounds like we need to OFFER.

WKH

October 20th, 2011
1:23 pm

I hope they get him

Bob Loblaw

October 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

No need to be careful on this one. Sign him up.

cdpridg

October 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

Richt..Friend…Garner offer this kid…home grown, loves the Dawgs…we need offensive linemen!

Mtn Dawg

October 20th, 2011
1:41 pm

Need OL-men. Go after him Rodney.

tide roll

October 20th, 2011
1:50 pm

Garner’s involvment with the kid is potentally good news for the Dawgs. Richt and Bobo simply have to end the continual flow of offensive line talent out of the State to the very teams they need to beat to win the Conference. Their earlier failures to land James Carpenter and Chance Warmack had a direct bearing on Alabama’s success vs, Texas in the National Title game. And anyone who saw Uga’s games vs. South Carolina the past two years is drinking the Kool-Aid yet again if they fail to recognize Rokevious Watkin’s domination of Georgia’s defensive front. Richt and Bobo are mindlessly arming the competition with these athletes, allowing them to win National Titles and/or prevent Georgia from winning the East. It’s crazy, but that’s UGA. Watkins and Warmack will follow Carpenter, Marcus McNeil,and Chris Scott as early round draft picks, thus upholding the wierd Bulldog tradition of providing the very teams Richt/Bobo need to beat with NFL caliber talent! Jason Peacock at Arkansas and Bama commit Brandon Greene fit the mold as well. Incredible isn’t it?

rm

October 20th, 2011
1:54 pm

So, he’s saying between the lines that if UGA offers him first he’s a lock. UGA you need OL in a bad way. Don’t wait and miss out on another one. The huge kid from Buford (Alexander I think) is 40 miles away from UGA and doesn’t even have them in his final 5! Why? Because UGA didn’t recruit him hard enough or soon enough. Sad, very sad!

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2011
1:58 pm

Turd roll, Rokevious Watkin had a terrible game against Georgia.

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2011
2:00 pm

“The huge kid from Buford (Alexander I think) is 40 miles away from UGA and doesn’t even have them in his final 5! Why?”

Because he’s from Louisiana, has family in Louisiana, and always intended to go to LSU.

tide roll

October 20th, 2011
2:09 pm

Yeah right 1eyed. Ask Christian Robinson

lilburndawg

October 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

OK…. you get this kid, “Kub” aka the finisher and the Outlaw kid from MLK and I think even Tide Roll may jump on the bandwagon. I think the 13′ class is going to be outstanding.

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

I don’t have to ask Christian, I watched the game.

dap01

October 20th, 2011
2:15 pm

Paul N Destin

October 20th, 2011
2:27 pm

Rodney waits on Nick and if Nick offers then so do UGA!!! Nick is sending AU and UGA in all directions on kids since the Bama staff understands how they work.

KD

October 20th, 2011
2:32 pm

If you want to watch a kid in practice, someone should go and watch a player at Monroe block the nose tackle that weighs 350 lbs. and holding his own. He is the only one that stands up the big NT on the offensive line. He is pretty stout kid himself, probably weighing 235, and standing almost 6′ tall. I have watched this year fill in for the regular center for several games and holding is own against bigger NT’s.The kid’s name is Bradley Ferguson and he is only a junior.

tide roll

October 20th, 2011
2:42 pm

Oh my bad. Lattimore must have rushed for over 100 yards in the 4TH QUARTER ALONE all by himself. The guy rushed for over 100 YARDS against you losers in ONE QUARTER!! Did you see that 1eye ? No wonder they call you 1eye. But you didn’t need two eyes to have seen Creekside’s ROKEVIOUS WATKINS destroy your DAWGS the past two years. I hope so bad ya’ll back into the SEC championship game vs. BAMA. Then you can watch CHANCE WARMACK work you over the same way WATKINS did for South Carolna. Warmack’s position Coach at Westlake was former Georgia offensive lineman, RESTY BEADLES, BEADLES was also tight end prospect CAM NEWTON’S mentor since grade school. Just look at these facts would you? They’re incredibly HILARIOUS ! You add these facts to your game vs. VANDY and is it any wonder Richt and Bobo and Uga are the laughing stock of the SEC ?

Bonesnbama

October 20th, 2011
2:48 pm

we don’t need to worry about everybody else, we need to offer to the positions we need. from the looks of things we need this one. garner is the laziest guy on the staff just ask kirby smart.

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2011
3:10 pm

Well, turd roll, according to you anybody straight off the Serengeti plains would be better than what we’ve got. And Watkins sucked against UGA this year, unless you consider holding as doing good.

1eyedJack

October 20th, 2011
3:15 pm

ROKEVIOUS? In Swahili that means “fat slug that holds”.

cantondawg

October 20th, 2011
3:17 pm

Does Tideroll have mancrushes on James Carpenter, Chance Womack and Rokevius Watking? They are all he ever talks about..

tide roll

October 20th, 2011
3:24 pm

You guys could have had Vadal Alexander (LSU) and Brandon Greene (ALABAMA) at tackle. Chester Brown and Joe Harris (SOUTH CAROLINA) at guard, and Davin Tomlinson (?) at center. In stead you’ve got Watts Dantzler and Zach Debell at tackles backed up by Greg Pyke and John Theus, Kolton Houston and Dallas Lee at guard, and David Andrews at Center. Is it any wonder you lose to Colorado, Central Florida, and Vandy (PUNT GEORGIA PUNT!). Vandy counts as a loss and you know it, I don’t care what the record book shows, that’s a loss.

cantondawg

October 20th, 2011
3:24 pm

1eyedjack,

Good one…Now that’s funny

cantondawg

October 20th, 2011
3:26 pm

I guess UT counted as a loss a couple of years ago too…They sucked and almost beat you guys during your NC season

G-Dawg

October 20th, 2011
3:42 pm

Watkins didnt do squat against Dawgs!! In fact, Lattimore did do it alone against us!! His success wasnt because of the oline. Watched the game numerous times.

G-Dawg

October 20th, 2011
3:43 pm

Two long runs by Lattimore inflated his stats. Typically he was shut down unless he made a great individual play for big gains!!

JB

October 20th, 2011
3:45 pm

Dawgs don’t want but 1 or 2 OL a year. Keeps us on edge with no back ups or depth like we like it. Hope this kid is one of the 2 we offer. We do need about 8 TE’s…..you know Orson has what, 5 catch’s this year?

Durty

October 20th, 2011
3:54 pm

I checked and tide roll is right!

Calling them out

October 20th, 2011
3:55 pm

tide roll

Vandy counts as a loss and you know it, I don’t care what the record book shows, that’s a loss.

And you count as a dumb a$$ fool.

JB

October 20th, 2011
4:06 pm

Bama has heavy personnel losses this year. Playing them next year is perfect timing……….And if his house hasn’t sold, Kirby can sleep in his own bed.

Chi Town

October 20th, 2011
4:19 pm

Tuscaloosa bound.

treyingeorgia

October 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

Hey Tide Roll remember Louisiana Monroe A$$H(*&^ yea that little school in Louisiana that guess what beat mighty Bama a couple of yrs ago– I can say without a doubt UGA has not had an F-UP like Bama did… sorry dude but the players Georgia recruited were rated better prospects coming out than the players you are poiinting out… also UGA has actually placed more players in pro ball than might Bama— that is a fact idiot!!! Get your facts straight before you spew your racist crap!!!

Why would UGA recruit Cam the Scam when they had Shockley and Stafford… sorry Scam the Sham is not in the same league as Stafford— check back in 10yrs to see…. they run a proset offense and he was a spread QB… that and the boy had attitude issue’s from stealing laptop, getting caught cheating and lest i forget 12 tickets in a 15 month span I believe…

Again Tide Roll enough with your crap….

annapolisdawg

October 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

Damn Trey, you just steamrolled tide!!! And yes, for you AL homers, the pun was intended.

roughrider

October 20th, 2011
5:08 pm

Phillips, don’t come to UGA. The head coach will not back you up and will call you names behind your back.

Lakedawg

October 20th, 2011
5:15 pm

Tide Roll—Don’t count on Brandon Greene at Bma just yet. If Saban leaves you might see several Ga players decide to stay closer to home.

Better get your wallet ready, those oil well guys in Texas is ready for Mack Brown to hit the road.

Alabama Crimson Tide

October 20th, 2011
5:21 pm

Paddy

October 20th, 2011
5:22 pm

tide roll…….you are a boring little fella, I must say.

harold

October 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

HE WILL PLAY FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP COACH. THAT MEANS NICK SABAN AND ALABAMA. RICHT AND UGA IS NEITHER!

Charles

October 20th, 2011
5:54 pm

Tide Roll – as to your post about who UGA could have in this class on the OL. First, Dalvin Tomlinson is a defensive tackle. Second, Chester Brown is a UGA commit. Third, Alexander was from LA and was always going to LSU. The kid committed to South Carolina isn’t any good. And John Theus is the best OL prospect in the country.

In short, you don’t have a clue.

Worm

October 20th, 2011
6:45 pm

TideRoll, Your ignorance is showing…Watkins had POOR grades and was a problem child before straightening his life out..He had two years of JUCO because he couldn’t gain eligibility ANYWHERE.

George

October 20th, 2011
8:38 pm

@Treyin Georgia…. You are an idiot and a typical Georgia fan. Always going to win the national championship next year. You are to stupid to know that if you have more players in pro ball and higher rated prospects than Bama, you should be kickin everybody’s arse. You are the Stephenson High school of college football. Also, we may have loss to La Monroe 4 years ago but we did not lose to UCF in December of 2010. If Saban was at UGA, you would have won 2 National Championships in last 3 years. Jealously is a b***h. You are a mediocre team and have been for the last 3-4 years. I don’t normally talk this smack but I could not take your crap. Sorry to the rest of you classy UGA fans.I am sure some of you would agree with me. Beat the Gators.

Bill Clinton

October 20th, 2011
9:56 pm

well said treyingeorgia!….Ignore someone named Tide roll anyways……Last time I checked Tide went down the drain into the sewer and soe does the Roll……if ya know wat I mean…..

Bill Clinton

October 20th, 2011
9:57 pm

Hey Tide roll, why is your name George now?….

bitter hatter

October 20th, 2011
10:36 pm

just wipe with turd roll————hahahahahah——-loooooossssser

George

October 20th, 2011
10:37 pm

@ Bill Clinton… Sorry dude. Not the same person as Tide Roll. You know I am right ? Good night. Gotta rest up for my 6 hour ride to TTown tomorrow. Roll Tide.

Pitbull

October 20th, 2011
10:44 pm

Who in their right mind would pick Richt over Saban. That’s funny!

Just Saying

October 20th, 2011
10:53 pm

Tide Roll – you continue to mislead and misrepresent. James Carpenter was a Juco signee by Ala, Georgia wasn’t looking for Juco OL at the time. Warmack was in the class with Cordy Glenn who started at the same OG as Warmack until this season when he shifted to OT. I agree Warmack is a beast, an outstanding player who , in retrospect, we probably should have gone after. Who could have predicted injuries to Benedict and Long two of the highest rated OT prospects in their class such that their careers have been so diminished? Who could have predicted the highest rated OL in Georgia would develop a case of the “I dont give a crap” like AJ Harmon did? Remember, Bean Anderson was the #2 rated OL coming out of HS right behind Andre Smith. I also recall Georgia went hard after the highest rated OT prospect in Ala, a can’t miss OL, Tyler Love, who signed with Ala where he’s running 3rd string. We also went hard after Juwan James who was committed to Ala, backed out, visited around, decided to drink the Lane Kiffin Kool-aid, moved to Knoxville as an early enrollee, then after Kiffin resigned attempted to leave Tenn for Georgia only be blocked by former UT Ath Dir Mike Hamilton. He had not yet attended classes, wanted out, but Hamilton’s threat to restrict his eligibility prevailed.

Every school misses, especially with OL. Ala was late to offer Ben Jones, only offering after he committed to Georgia. Marcus McNeil was recruited by Georgia, however he wanted to pursue an engineering degree not offered in Athens. As an Honor student with a near perfect GPA and very high SAT he was a serious student, it was his decision based upon his degree preference.

Brandon Greene’s says his childhood favorite was Ala, nothing suggests Georgia did anything wrong. Vandal Alexander was aggressively recruited by Georgia but chose LSU where he is from, no surprise, Dags went hard for him. Joe Harris has lived in the area less than four years, he’s from the Spartanburg area. As a Georgia supporter I don’t feel good about those choices, however it is what it is. I’m happy with Theus, Brown and Pyke thus far, we will be adding more, all is not lost.

If you are “really” an Ala fan it’s hard to understand why you spend so much time keeping up with the Dawgs. Seems to me you care too much about Georgia. Ala fans I know could care less what’s going on in Athens they are too happy being Bama fans to be concerned about the Dawgs.

chuck

October 21st, 2011
1:06 am

CMR is a wonderful human being BUT he isn’t smart enough or hard working enough to manage a top tier football team. Less than 50 miles from CMR’s office is Buford High School with two of the top 100 players in the nation. If we ranked the top teams in the SEC in order of how many times their head coach has visited that school, CMR would rank in the bottom third which is right where he is heading our program. We are being out worked and out managed.

The roster management is horrible. Once again, UGA doesn’t have enough OL on scholarship. How can this keep happening? OL has had 5 of 22 starters for as long as the sport has existed. That means sign 4 to 5 EVERY year. Apparently the entire campus except CMR and the football coaches knew that Caleb King wasn’t going to pass enough classes to be eligible this fall. How could CMR not use one of those 8 extra scholarships on a RB? The same goes for ILB. How can a team with 85 potential scholarships have to resort to having a walk on take the majority of snaps at ILB after ONE injury? By the way, the two top 100 players from Buford High School play OL and LB, positions of dire need for 2012.

CMR can’t get the concept that recruiting is an every year job. For 2012, UGA currently has two commitments from the ESPN top 20 in Georgia. UGA doesn’t have a commitment from ANY LB or RB. UGA’s recruiting class for 2012 is ranking 31st and that just won’t cut it. Hire Kirby Smart and hope he grows into the position. We already know CMR has grown out of the position.

Trufan

October 21st, 2011
1:48 am

I wish everybody would worry about their own team yall act like little girls