With an expected graduation in the May and a year of eligibility left, big offensive tackle Jaypee Philbert Jr. is looking for a place to play his final season.
Arkansas State is a possibility.
Philbert (6-foot-5, 314 pounds) is on an official visit to A-State this weekend. He visited East Carolina last weekend.
His first impression of Jonesboro.
Philbert signed with Iowa State out of Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and was a key reserve on the offensive line, playing in 10 games at tackle as a redshirt sophomore. He started the first two games as a junior and was suspended for an undisclosed reason. He announced in December he would graduate and seek a new home as a graduate transfer. He graduates in May.
“The fact that they graduated all five offensive lineman is attractive,’’ he said. “But I have talked with coach (Allen) Rudolph and coach (Blake) Anderson and they said they have pieces coming in. They’ve signed a couple of junior college guys and they have some on campus. The dominoes are falling into place. Things look good for Arkansas State. I can see things falling into place.”
At Coffeyville, he chose Iowa State over Arizona State, South Florida and Kansas, where was ranked among the top 100 players in junior college. He was named first-team all-KJCCC and first-team all-Sunflower state honors in 2014
From Atlanta, out of high school he signed with Alabama State and was ranked as the 57th-best player in Georgia and as one of the state’s top offensive lineman.
Philbert said he was recruited by the Red Wolves out of junior college but had several Power 5 conferences.
“But my coaches and Coffeyville knew the A-State coaches well and I know coach (Brian) Early very well. It is all about relationships and we have good relationships established.
“It looks good for Arkansas State.”
He said there are also visits set for South Florida and Southern Miss “but that could change in the next couple of days.”null