• position Defensive Back
  • height 6-0
  • Weight 190
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Mauldin, S.C.
  • High school Mauldin

2021 – r-Freshman

  • Played in nine games and had 3 tackles (1 each vs. Georgia, New Mexico State and Iowa)

2020 – Freshman

  • Mid-year enrollee
  • Redshirt season
  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. Mississippi State and also played vs. Vanderbilt, Florida and South Carolina
  • Got his first career tackle vs. the Gamecocks

High School

  • Three-star recruit who has been rated the No. 8 overall player in South Carolina by 247Sports and Rivals
  • As a senior, had 38 total tackles, eight pass breakups, two interceptions and a fumble recovery under head coach Harris Cabaniss
  • Earned 5A first-team All-State by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association
  • Selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
  • Also a three-year letter winner in track and field as a triple jumper, ranking No. 1 nationally in 2020
  • Two-time All-State and three-time All-Region selection for the triple jump
  • Won the 2019 spring state championship title with a jump of 49’4″
  • Picked Kentucky over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Louisville, N.C. State and Georgia

Community Cats

  • Volunteered at Catholic Action Center (2020)
  • Volunteered to pack food at God’s Pantry (2020)
  • Participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Men’s Conference at Southland Christian (2020)


  • Born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Son of Carlos and LaTonya Phillips
  • Siblings are C.J., Ben and Shelby
  • Comes from a family of athletes as father, Carlos, played linebacker at Kentucky under Jerry Claiborne; mom, LaTonya, was a standout athlete at Danville High School; brother, C.J., played football at Morehead State in 2015
  • Originally from Louisville, Kentucky
  • Major is pre-integrated strategic communication

Andru Says

  • His nickname is “Dru”
  • He chose Kentucky because it’s felt like home
  • One word to describe him on the field is “explosive”
  • When he played football as a kid, he pretended to be Tyrann Mathieu
  • The thing he looks forward to the most this season is making plays
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