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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