JC Offensive Tackle Favoring ASU

Jaypee Philbert has yet to set foot in Tempe, but the Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College offensive tackle told Devils Digest that Arizona State is his favorite school among his suitors.

Arizona State was one of the first schools to be in contact with me mid-season,” Philbert said. “They were waiting on my grades. They went ahead and offered me after they got my final transcript. They are my top school now and I have an official visit set up for the 23rd (of January). They run the same offense we run at Coffeyville. I like the relationship I have with the coaches. I know they (ASU) are graduating both starting tackles so that is a big opportunity for me to start right away.

“I really like talking to Coach Thomsen. He’s a real easy guy to talk to and I like that in an offensive line coach, which is good because that is the guy I will be dealing with the most. He’s very knowledgeable too.”

The 6-6, 305-pound Jaypee Philbert says that his physicality is one aspect that has stood out to the Sun Devil staff.

“They like how I finish my blocks,” Philbert commented. “They like my footwork too. I’m a very good pass blocker and I need to improve my run blocking.”

Philbert was told he was academically eligible out of high school as he signed with Alabama State, but once he was deemed ineligible he had to take the junior college route. He is naturally anxious for his May graduation, and his suitors have been intrigued by the fact that he is a 3 for 3 player.

The lineman is visiting Iowa State on January 16th, and said Kansas could get his last visit on January 30th. However, that visit may change to a trip to Kansas State who has been contact with the Coffeyville staff and could be close to offering a scholarship.

“I don’t have to take all my visits before I commit,” Philbert remarked. “If I like what I see in a school I visit I will commit and shut it (recruitment) down.”

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