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'05 Ohio LB Lance Phillips




Ht: 6-2 Wt: 248 40: 4.61
Position: LB
Projected as: LB, DE
High School: Wellston HS
(Wellston, OH)
Bench: 5 sets of 295
Squats: 4-5 sets of 425-495
Deadlift: 4-5 sets of 425-485

Very big and strong LB out of Wellston High School. Is surprisingly nimble for his size and has great strength. In two seasons, he has recorded 212 tackles and 19 for a loss.

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Wellston LB/DE Lance Phillips didn't run the 40 time he wanted, but he had a good experience yesterday at OSU just the same and was impressed with the players he saw.

A player who is looking to establish himself at camps this year is Wellston's Lance Phillips. The LB/DE talked about what happened at camp yesterday.

"I had a great time going up against all those great athletes. It was a great experience," he said. "I ran a 4.9 40, but I couldn't be more disappointed in that. I know I can run a 4.7.

"I had 26 reps of 185, 25 1/2 inch vertical, and I weighed 243. I was a little surprised at that; I thought I'd roll in there at 248-250. I thought I did well in the one-on-ones. A lot of very quick guys up there."

The work keeps on going for Phillips as he is going to continue to try to get the 40 time down.

"I am going to work so hard to get down to 4.7. I know I can get there by camp time," he said. "I am going low-rep, high weight work, and it really seems to be helping."

What's on the agenda for Phillips camp-wise?

"I am going to Notre Dame for the spring game," he said. "I'm going to Ohio State, West Virginia, Miami (OH), and Marshall for camps. Maybe some others."

While at OSU, Phillips did not get the chance to take in any OSU practices.

"I didn't get a chance to go over to practice," he said. "I had two of the biggest blisters you've ever seen after camp, so I went straight home."

Who impressed him at camp?

"Brandon Harrison was great," he said. "B.J. Travers, D.J. Burris (junior OL from Kenton). (He's) very mobile, very strong, 660 squat at the state meet. (Javon) Ringer and (Tyrell) Sutton. They all passed the look test."

Phillips, Travers, Long, Daniels and maybe Lenix (if he stays at LB)- pretty good selection of Ohio LB's!! :osu:


Hear The Drummer Get Wicked
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I'm not hung up on 40 times by any means but 4.9 for a MLB is just not gonna get it done, certainly not at Ohio State. Unless he significantly improves on that time I'd be suprised to see him get an offer, especially considering how much JT covets speed.
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if he doesn't have LB speed maybe he could move to the Dline??? he certainly seems strong enough


Lance Phillips OG/LB/P

by: Wade Peery
School: Wellston Golden Rockets (6-4)(4-1)
Height: 6'2
Weight: 238 lbs
40-yard dash speed: 4.61 sec.
Bench press: 335 lbs. at Ohio State Powerlifting Meet in Kenton, Ohio last March. He also benched 185 lbs. 27 times at the Nike Camp in Blacksburg, Va on May 17,2003. This tied him for 6th best bench in the entire camp, which had around over 300 players attending it, according to Lance's father, Bo Phillips. Not bad for a guy who was wrapping up his sophomore year in high school.
Future plans: Lance figures to be one of the most highly sought after prospects, not only in Ohio, but nationally. Lance has already had an excellent career at Wellston, racking up 98 tackles as a freshman en route to earning 1st team All-TVC Ohio honors. He had 112 tackles last year, and also earned TVC-Ohio Player of the Year honors last year and TVC-Ohio Defensive Player of the Year honors. After his performance in the Nike Camp last May, he was tagged as the 5th best linebacker in the entire camp. Lance's father told me that the Virginia Tech coaches were present at this camp, but it was unclear how many and which coaches on their staff were there. Currently, he has received no scholarship offers but they will probably start pouring in later this year. He has received letters from just about every big time college football program you can think of, including Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, Michigan, Iowa, and Alabama, just to name a few. I spoke at length with Lance's father and he said they haven't currently planned any college visits. He does have a good idea of where Lance would like to go if they offer him. He has dreamed of playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes since he began going to their camps 7 years ago. Lance has attended the OSU football camp every year for the past 7 years. If the Buckeyes offer, then Lance will be wearing scarlet and gray, but if they don't, it's really wide open. Lance also was recently invited to San Antonio, where he will participate in the U.S. Army All-American combine. The combine features some of the top players nationally and will be held in the Alamodome on January 1st and 2nd. The recruiting process should be interesting and we will certainly keep you updated.
Best performance in 2003: 21-27 loss against Jackson Ironmen (19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, long-snapper for placekicks and punts)
Reasons he should win: Lance is one of the top linebackers in all of Ohio, if not the country. The blitzing behemoth from Wellston has put up defensive numbers this year that are amazing(133 tackles, 35 for loss, 3INTs, 4 fumble recoveries). He keeps offensive coordinators up at night, thinking about the blocking schemes they will have to use to contain him. He is the type of player that can take control of a game because teams will double and triple team him and free up the rest of the Wellston defense. Opponents are so worried about Lance that they fail to execute their own plays properly. Not too many teams have been successful at stopping the 238-pounder, who has also been critical in the Wellston ground game. Lance has played offensive guard all season and helped to clear the way for Rex Herrold and a vicious ground attack that rushed for over 2,300 yards this season. This season Lance has stepped it up for the big games. He played brilliantly in the Jackson game against an Ironmen offense that is led by another POY candidate (Jared Humphreys). The Golden Rockets nearly pulled off the upset against a team that was ranked 3rd in their region headed into the Ohio State playoffs thanks to his spectacular game. Also, he had another excellent game in a losing effort against the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes (18 tackles, 3 for loss). Lance is the emotional and physical leader of this Wellston defense. He's the catalyst that helps to spark better play from his teammates. His dad made the observation that Lance is such a great linebacker because of his "intensity". This intensity that Lance brings to the field helps to fire the other players up in the locker room and helps them to pick up their play out on the field. Helping to get those emotional juices flowing is every bit as important as the statistics he has racked up. Not only does he play linebacker and offensive guard but he also long snaps for punts and kicks. Lance also punts for the Golden Rockets as well.

Reasons he shouldn't win: Much like the Heisman trophy, the Player of the Year Award is an honor that usually goes to a senior. Call me crazy, but barring injury, Lance will be back next year as a Gridiron Glory Player of the Year finalist. Since he'll have a shot at winning it next year, many would say that the talented seniors on the list,(Gregory, Johnson, Jenkins) deserve the hardware more. Critics will say that Phillips didn't lead his team to a conference crown and that despite his excellent individual performance, his team still got spanked by the Buckeyes of Nelsonville-York. Others will argue that there are games where Lance's performance dropped off tremendously, like in the Waverly game. That's being really picky, because only ran 20 offensive plays for the entire game. Even with a few subpar games, the Wellston native still managed to put up eye popping numbers.

Stat Log:
Week 1: Jackson(19 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 2 fumble recoveries, long snapped for placekicks and punts
Week 2: Minford(20 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks and punts
Week 3: Waverly(6 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks and punts, only 20 possible chances to make a tackle)
Week 4:Oak Hill(8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, long snapped for placekicks and punts, played first half only)
Week 5: Rock Hill(15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks, punted 6 times for 39.20yd average)
Week 6: Meigs (7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks. played 1st half only
Week 7: Belpre: (14 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, long snapped for placekicks
Week 8: Nelsonville-York: 18 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks and punts, 3 punts for 43.67 avg.
Week 9: Alexander: 11 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, long snapped for placekicks and punts, 2 punts for 48 yard avg.
Week 10: Vinton County: 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception, long snapped for three extra points, 2 punts for 35.5 yard avg..


Tackles 133
Tackles for loss 35
Fumble recoveries 4
Interceptions 3
Punts 15 punts, 40.87 yds
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Hear The Drummer Get Wicked
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The Insiders now has video of Phillips. It all comes from one game and is actually pretty impressive. He's a big time hitter. He read plays quickly, attacks the ball carrier and makes plays in the backfield. On one play he drops into the flat in coverage and made a nice interception. IMO the only thing holding him back is speed. Solid looking kid though and his stock could soar with an impressive camp outing, including a better 40 time.
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The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St
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  • I wonder what A.J. Hawk's 40 time was in the camp prior to his senior year in high school? While A.J. is no speed-burner, he is certainly quick and reads and reacts superbly. Maybe this kid could be a Hawk-like diamond in the rough. He still needs to get that 40-time down, though...
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    Phillips numbers at OSU Sr. Camp 6/26/04:
    Vertical Jump - 35"
    Broad Jump - 8'4"
    Bench Press - 225# X 13 reps
    40 yd. Dash - 4.79
    20 yd. Shuttle - 4.44

    Phillips had a lame duck head coach until a new hire was made in late April, Heath Hinton, after the Ohio State Nike Camp. Following his hire Hinton organized workouts and implemented plyos, explosive lifts, agility drills etc. All had been lacking under previous coaches. This will be Phillips 3rd head coach in the last 3 years, which makes it rather difficult to become totally comfortable with a system. His freshman and sophomore years he played under OFCA HOF Coach Dave Lucas who placed emphasis on powerlifting. Phillips best competetive lifts this past year were: Bench- 360# @ Coal Grove SE Ohio Regional Meet, Squat- 615# @ Kenton State Meet (new state record in D4-D6 250# class), Deadlift- 575# @ Kenton tying state record. Last season's stats: 133 tackles while sitting the 2nd half of 3 games due to blowouts, 35 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries and 3 ints. Phillips also long snapped for punts and placekicks until he was moved to punter the last 6 games w/ 15 punts for 40.87 yd. average.
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    Watching his film I thought the same things as the above poster. This kid has the right makeup as far as size and strength is concerned. His on field performance was very impressive. The type of performance which would seem to warant a scholarship offer from a D1 school. So it must be his speed which is holding schools back. Abilities are number 1 in my book and speed number 2. However, I think the order is reversed for Tressel, and that seems to be working just fine. I feel like right now we are in the Top 10 or higher for team speed. In a few years I feel like we will be in the Top 5 easily. Tressel just keeps making this team faster.
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    Thanks for the info whs56!

    Glad to see the improved 40 time. It is also good to see his experience as a long snapper. That type of versatility might make the difference for a tOSU offer.

    Any insight to what the tOSU coaches are telling Lance?

    Good luck to him and hope he realizes his dream of becoming a Buckeye.
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    I think the coaches noted he can now outrun MililaniBuckeye (on a good day).

    No, I really don't have much insight into what tOSU coaches are telling him. He plays for a D4 school which doesn't help; though, the video available is vs. D2 Jackson which made it to the Regional Semis last season. In your above post re: info on Gridiron Glory POY finalists, the stats vs. Jackson indicate he wasn't out of his league.

    An assistant coach his freshman and sophmore years, Jay Lucas, is friends w/ Coach Snyder due to their Ironton roots. Coach Lucas was aggressive in promoting Phillips and kept in contact w/ Coach Snyder, even after his move to Coal Grove. Last season's coach didn't get Phillips' Nike Camp invite to him until registration for the OSU session had almost past. Lucas is the one who nominated Phillips for the '03 Nike Camp, the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio and the '04 Nike Camp.

    Phillips gets all the regular mailings and, I think they want tape from early games next season and see what happens with the offers they've already extended to the elite. Coaches Snyder and Fickel seemed to be paying close attention to Phillips, Travers and Long at Camp on 6/26/04. Phillips, I think, is just going to play his ass off this coming season and see what shakes out. Other schools are definitely showing more interest. He hasn't given up hope. Just realizes with the schollie situation and tOSU's national prominence, not every Ohio kid gets the opportunity to wear Scarlet and Grey.
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    Thanks again whs56!

    No doubt the Bucks are tight on schollies this year. The obvious key for Lance is how tOSU makes out with some of the OOS LB's they have offered (McCoy, Mathis, Cushing). But all those guys could play on the outside while Long and Phillips (Travers has committed to Iowa) are probably better suited for the MIKE. So maybe those two battle for one spot at the end of the recruiting season?

    If Lance is patient and has another good season he could get that dream offer (just like guys like Brandon Smith, Curtis Terry last year).

    I always root for the guys that dream of being Buckeyes.

    Keep us posted on how Lance is doing throughout the season.
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    And a young man rivals and theinsiders list as running a 4.7-4.8 I watched get outrun by at least a full stride in both runs at one camp. His times were 5.4-5.3. I heard the timers. Sometimes the gurus are misled, though the listings were not "event verified." You can't always believe what you read. I also believe how badly you want to get there and what you do on arrival can compensate for what some consider to be too slow. Good football instincts will also avoid extra steps.
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