Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Profiling Illini Signee Carroll Phillips


Junior College recruit Carroll Phillips gave the Illinois Fighting Illini his verbal commitment before the team signed their class from 2013. Over a year later, Phillips inked his name with the Orange and Blue as he signed his Letter of Intent earlier today.

Phillips shows good height and size for the linebacker position, and he uses those traits well as a physical wrap-up tackler. However, he will need to develop his pass rushing ability and learn to get off his blocks quicker in order to really contribute to the Fighting Illini.

Here’s the skinny on Carroll Phillips:

  • Rivals, ESPN –  3 Star OLB
  • SCOUT, 24/7 – 2 Star OLB
  • ESPN, 24/7 – Top 15 OLB
  • 24/7 – Top 250 recruit

There’s no doubt that Phillips will be a work-in-progress at Illinois. He has the physical ability in order to be a force on the football field, but just needs to fine tune his game. If he can work on his pass rushing ability, his pad level, and getting of blocks quickly, then the Miami native might just be just what the doctor ordered in Champaign.

Here are his highlights courtesy of IP:

Per ESPN, the bottom line on Phillips is:

“Phillips is a bit of a ‘tweener / hybrid DE/OLB. Has some limitations, but can contribute with some further development likely at this stage in more a depth role.”

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