February 10, 2011

Phillips relieved to have found a home in Lubbock

Mequon (Wis.) Homestead defensive end Donte Phillips had a whirlwind finish to his recruitment. After being committed to Indiana since his junior year, a change was made in January and a new destination was found.

"I had been committed to Indiana since my junior year, but in January I decided to head in a different direction," Phillips said. "After that I sent my film out and Texas Tech was one of the first schools to get in touch with me."

"It's a fairly new relationship with Tech and Coach Robert Prunty, I've only known him since he first got in contact with me and quickly I found out he's a great guy. It was easy to see from just how enthusiastic and sincere he is about it all. My uncle has known Coach P for 5 years, so that helped me get more familiar with him because I trust my uncle's opinion."

Phillips committed to the Red Raiders before taking an official visit to campus, but he didn't exactly make his decision sight unseen.

"I have family in the Dallas area and we actually had a family reunion event in Lubbock last summer, so I was able to see the city that way. It's really a great place, " he said. "I had been there before, just not for the football side of things. I had an idea of what I was getting into before committing, though. The relationship with Coach P definitely made things easier as far as getting to know the program's background and what type of plan they have in place."

Even though he wasn't able to spend a lot of time around Coach Tommy Tuberville or Coach Chad Glasgow, the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder was impressed with both.

"I was able to spend a little time with Coach Glasgow when I visited. I also went out for lunch with Coach Tuberville, and then we just got to sit and talk for a while after that," Phillips said. "I'm excited about playing for Coach Glasgow because he's a fiery guy that definitely enjoys what he does. After watching his defenses dominate at TCU, and the way he uses his defensive lineman, I'm definitely looking forward to having him as a coach."

"Coach Tuberville is a very down to earth guy that knows what he's doing. After three years of the recruiting process I can tell which coaches are sort of putting on a show for you, and which are sincere. Coach Tuberville is definitely a 'what you see is what you get' type of coach. He's an overall great man and an even better coach."

Phillips was also able to spend some time with defensive ends coach Sam McElroy discussing the future of the Red Raider defense.

"We will be running a 4-2-5 base with some alterations at times. Coach McElroy and I sat down for a while and discussed the scheme and how I fit into it," he said. "The coaches feel like I can play at any position on the line. They see me as an athletic 3-technique with some work in the weight room and also an edge player. Down the road they believe I can be up to 275-280 lbs."

"The Red Raiders have been a blessing. The process is fun and exciting, but it's great to have a place I can call home and now focus on school, enjoying my senior year, and preparing for the summer."

Phillips committed to Tech on January 2nd over offers from Indiana, Iowa State, and Penn State among others.


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