Phillip O’Brien Jr.

Position
Cornerback
Height
6'1
Weight
169 lbs
Dr. SEC Recruiting Ranking
4-Star
247 Composite Ranking
3-Star
High School
Deerfield Beach (FL)
Current Team
Auburn Tigers

Phillip O’Brien Jr. is a tall, lengthier corner with a lot of range and body control. He flashes very good quickness and closing ability with elite top-end speed. He will need a year in a college strength and conditioning program but the sky is the limit for this young prospect.

Against the pass, his anticipation and recognition skills are at a high level. He is quick to diagnose and jump the pass and is rarely out of position to make a play on the ball. He has a quick burst out of transition to break on the football. His biggest strength will be his versatility and ability to line up and excel in different coverages and schemes.

He shows great recovery ability in one-on-one coverage and is quick to limit production after the catch in underneath zone schemes. His length, closing speed and innate anticipation skills allow for countless big plays on the perimeter.

Against the run, Phillip is quick to come up on the perimeter in run support and shows he can be aggressive. I would like to see more consistent wrap-ups and fewer shoulder hits but he takes sound angles and does not shy away from contact. He will need an extra 15-20 pounds to maximize his ability to stop the run but he has a frame that will have no problem supporting those gains.

The bottom line is that Phillip should turn into a multiple-year starter for Auburn based on his length, instincts, and athleticism. He could also morph into a safety at the next level with added strength.

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