Sunday, June 26, 2011

2012 Recruiting Rundown: Omari Phillips

Omari Phillips
Venice High School (Venice, Fla.)
Offensive Tackle
6’-5”, 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.6
Vertical leap: 28.5

Position Rankings
ESPN: #16
Rivals: #18 (listed as Dante Phillips) #35

The Skinny:
Omari Phillips is the second player to commit to the 2012 Gator recruiting class. The upside to Phillips is his size, motor and footwork. He has good size and room to add more weight to his frame, which means he could top out around 310 or so. He is very active and has a good motor, which translates well to the offensive line. He is a good run blocker and has a knack to keeping his feet moving when driving people off the ball. His footwork should help him in the pass blocking schemes once he improves his technique.
The downside is he loses technique at times, overextending and losing balance because his feet stop moving. He also tends to lose technique when facing speedier rushers. He will need to clean up those technique flaws in the SEC.
Look for him to work in at right tackle, his skill set is not at the level to beat Xavier Nixon for the left tackle spot just yet.

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