“He's got a lot of great athletic qualities about him,” LaMunyon said. “Unbelievably fast for his size.”
That combination of size and speed could help the Sooners at a position they ran out of bodies last season. Injuries to Adrian Taylor, Casey Walker and Daniel Noble prompted OU to revamp its defense to feature only one defensive tackle the final week of the regular season.
Walker, Noble, Stacy McGee and Jamarkus McFarland return, but the addition of Phillips, as well as fellow incoming Soooner tackles Marquis Anderson and Jordan Wade, should ensure OU does not face a similar predicament again this season.
“He's got some things to learn about playing at that level. He's not going to be able to get way the things he did playing against guys he's bigger than. So it might take a little time,” LaMunyon said. “But once he gets in that disciplined area, with guys really pushing the weights, pushing the technique, he's really going to excel.”OU Recruiting: View the Sooners' 2011 class More Signing Day