Orlando Dr. Phillips High LB Phillip Amone is a mad man on the football field. Football and his passion for the pigskin is what drives him.
He's always as focused as anyone on the field. Intense and on the ball on every play. But until Tuesday, there was one thing lacking.
Florida Atlantic took care of that.
FAU offered Amone his first college football scholarship on Tuesday night to break the ice on what should be a summer full of offers for the Tonga Terror.
“It feels pretty good, actually … kind of a relief,” said Amone, who's family is from the island of Tonga in the South Pacific. “FAU only contacted me just Monday night then they gave me a call last night (Tuesday) and offered me.”
Amone has been a mainstay in the Panthers' defensive middle for the past two seasons. He was the anchor for a defensive unit that gave up just 10 points per game.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder was second in tackles for Dr. Phillips as a junior with 128, an average of nearly nine tackles per game. He had also five sacks and an interception.
"I definitely plan on taking a visit down there sometime maybe after spring," Amone said of FAU. "They were surprised that I didn’t have any more offers. I am sort of like one of their first seven offers in Florida. They were also talking to me about the new stadium and my class will be the first class to play in the stadium, and that's pretty exciting."
With this offer and more exposure during spring ball, Amone figures to come out of spring ball with a lots more eyes on him.
"A lot of people, even some of my coaches said offers generate more offers," Amone said.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.