Tennessee commitment Aubrey Phillips already knew plenty about the Vols’ campus when he took his official visit this weekend.
That’s why Phillips used his trip to learn more about the people at UT.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound offensive lineman from Olive Branch (Miss.) High School was hosted by junior defensive end Chris Walker.
Phillips said he talked to Walker about the changes at UT under new coach Lane Kiffin.
“He was telling me about all the new coaches and said they were cool,” Phillips said of talking to Walker. “We’re going to work hard and turn things around.
“I want to play for an SEC championship. That’s what I want to do.”
Phillips found out he was wanted by UT fans during the basketball game at Thompson Boling Arena on Saturday.
After a timeout was called, UT’s football staff and the weekend’s group of official visitors walked to their seats.
Vol fans responded by applauding the coaches and prospects.
“It was awesome,” Phillips said. “I’d never experienced anything like that in my life.”
Phillips now plans to experience his two remaining official visits.
Phillips plans to visit Florida State next weekend and Mississippi State on Jan. 30.
Auburn is also trying to convince Phillips to give the Tigers a look.
Phillips said before he left Knoxville he talked to Kiffin about taking two more visits.
“He said to have fun and he’s not worried about anything.” Phillips said. “He said have fun with it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Phillips said he still believes his best opportunity is at UT.
That’s because Kiffin is offering Phillips a chance to play early for the Vols.
“He’s ready for me to come up there and make a great impact,” Phillips said. “I’m ready to make him proud.”