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Three-star DL Jordan Phillips commits to Tennessee

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Don’t let the ranking fool you: This is a big get.

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Tennessee football grabbed one of the fastest rising players in the 2022 class on Thursday. 3-star defensive lineman Jordan Phillips announced his commitment following an official visit to Tennessee.

My mom is the most important person in my life. And my college journey is going to make me back to her roots.

I’m born and raised in Florida. But my mom, well, she’s a Tennessee girl.

And now I’m a Tennessee Vol.

Phillips hails from Ocoee in central Florida, where he plays defensive tackle for his high school team. That’s where Phillips will likely end up in college as well. He’s already near 300 pounds, and despite a listed height of 6-foot-2, Phillips hasn’t maxed out his frame yet. He simply doesn’t have as much bad weight as you’d expect from a high school recruit.

An initial look at his rankings would have you believe that Phillips is lower down on the recruiting board. As of right now, he’s ranked as the 643rd overall player and 95th defensive lineman. But this is a situation of rankings not being aligned with the offers. Phillips is one of the top targets for Tennessee’s defensive coaches.

Phillips has recently garnered big offers from Florida and Georgia, in addition to schools like Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. There’s a lot of buzz around his natural athleticism and how he’s performed in camp settings. The Georgia and Ole Miss offers came after he worked out in front of their staffs, and the sentiment is that bigger schools would turn up the pressure during his senior season.

The tape backs up the hype. Despite being a defensive tackle, Phillips has a quickness off the snap that resembles a defensive end. Combined with his physicality and motor, and you see why teams will remain very involved with Phillips down the stretch.

Given this information, Tennessee gaining a commitment is a pretty big deal. The Volunteers knocked it out of the park with his official visit, and convinced Phillips that his best move was to commit now and save his spot in Tennessee’s class. We knew Rodney Garner had a reputation as a dynamite recruiter—and pulling Phillips seems to reflect that.

This will certainly be a battle for the whole cycle. But you have to imagine that Tennessee is being honest with Garner about their expectations and what they have planned for him. He evidently believes them enough to commit now.

This is the 7th commit of the class. The Volunteers now rank __ nationally and ___ in the SEC.