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Recruiting on the South Plains | DT Donte Phillips

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Thank the deity of your choice for Texas Tech signing a high school defensive tackle.  The Red Raiders need a few more defensive tackles and we must all hope that Leon Mackey qualifies and Donte Phillips redshirts adds some strength to a solid frame.  Let's get to it.

The Measurables:

Donte Phillips
Position: DT
DTN Profile
Video: Clip 1
Rivals Profile 5.4
Scout Profile
ESPN Profile 74
Ht: 6'2"
Wt: 255 lbs
Forty: 4.54
High School: Homestead (Mequon, WI)

 So much more good-good after the jump.

The Player Speaks: It's amazing.  I looked for 30 minutes and couldn't really find an article or anything about Phillips.  As of right now, I've got nothing.

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Scouting Report:  Things I like are Phillips size and speed.  For a guy that's his size, Phillips can really move and for a guy like this to be added on the last day, after possibly receiving an offer from Penn St. (maybe greyshirt maybe a real offer) then I think this is a decent add.  Phillips was originally an Indiana commit and after the coaching change he backed off that commitment, which opened the door for Texas Tech.  Still, I find it strange that a defensive tackle with his size and speed doesn't get a few more offers, but I'm not complaining. 

What I don't like is Phillips essentially stands up on every play and simply over-powers the offensive line.  He's got to work on technique, but that's what a redshirt season is for is to get your rear whipped and start to figure things out.  Still, despite maybe not having the best technique, from a prospect standpoint and taking a chance on a kid, this is the kind of defensive tackle prospect that you hope makes it in the program and is able to contribute in a couple of years.

Donte, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2011 Class: 

Position Commitment Ht/Wt School/State Rivals Rivals Rating Scout ESPN ESPN Grade
QB Michael Brewer 6-0/175 Lake Travis (Austin, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
RB Kenny Williams 5-10/210 Hendrickson (Pflugerville, TX) 4 5.8 4 4 80
RB Bradley Marquez 5-11/180 Odessa (Odessa, TX) 3 5.7 4 4 79
WR Derek Edwards 6-1/163 Brenham (Brenham, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 79
WR Marcus Kennard 6-4/205 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 4 5.8 2 0 0
WR Jakeem Grant 5-7/157 Horn (Mesquite, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 75
TE Jace Amaro 6-5/237 MacArthur (San Antonio, TX) 4 5.9 4 3 78
OL Tony Morales 6-4/300 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 4 5.8 3 3 78
OL Alfredo Morales 6-3/287 Sam Houston (Arlington, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 76
OL Le'Raven Clark 6-6/245 Rockdale (Rockdale, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 79
OL Matt Wilson 6-7/270 Coldspring-Oakhurst (Coldspring, TX) 3 5.5 3 0 45
DL Dennell Wesley 6-3/315 Butler County C.C. (El Dorado, KS) 3 5.5 2 0 0
DL Leon Mackey 6-5/260 Hinds C.C. (Raymond, MS) 4 5.8 3 0 0
DL Donte Phillips 6-3/260 Homestead (Mequon, WI) 2 5.4 3 2 74
DE Kindred Evans 6-6/215 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 75
DE Branden Jackson 6-4/220 McKeesport (McKeesport, PA) 3 5.7 4 3 78
DE Desimon Green 6-5/230 Clairton (Clairton, PA) 3 5.5 3 3 78
DE Cooper Washington 6-4/225 Muleshoe (Muleshoe, TX) 3 5.7 3 3 78
LB Blake Dees 6-0/234 Spanish Fort (Spanish Fort, AL) 3 5.5 3 2 73
LB Sam Eguavoen 6-2/220 Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) 3 5.6 2 3 75
LB Justin Cooper 6-1/205 University School of Nova South (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 3 5.5 2 2 74
CB Jeremy Reynolds 5-9/166 Oak Ridge Military Academy (Oak Ridge, NC) 3 5.5 2 3 77
ATH Ronnie Daniels 6-1/195 La Cueva (Albuquerque, NM) 3 5.6 3 3 76
ATH LaDarrin Robertson 6-3/215 Longview (Longview, TX) 3 5.5 3 3 77
ATH DeAndre Washington 5-9/183 Marshall (Missouri City, TX) 3 5.7 4 3 78
ATH J.J. Gaines 5-11/175 Irving Nimitz (Irving, TX) 3 5.6 3 3 77
ATH Otis Wright 6-0/180 Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 2 5.4 0 0 45
Averages 3.14 5.62 2.92 2.40 66.00