Phillip Dillard Checks In

Oklahoma linebacker Phillip Dillard and his Jenks high school team have been barreling through the playoffs, but what does Phil think about the recent battle between his home-state Oklahoma Sooners and the Nebraska Cornhuskers? Has he had any contact with other recruits considering Nebraska?

If you go to Jenks High School in Oklahoma and you play football, you want to win and win often.  Phillip Dillard's team has done just that.  Last week, in the playoffs, Dillard's compatriots were down 14-7 before scoring 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to advance to the semi-finals with an impressive 34-14 victory.  In the win, Dillard accumulated 17 tackles, 2 ½ sacks and 1 tip.  So, after not hearing from Dillard very often, we wonder about just how firm his commitment to Nebraska is.  "Very solid, 100%," he said. 


With Nebraska recently playing Dillard's Oklahoma Sooners, one also wonders if the coaches have spoken to Phillip recently.  "Not within the last week, normally I hear from them during the week, so I'll probably hear from them soon," he said.  So, what did the star from the Sooner State think of the renewal of the classic rivalry?  "It was alright, they (Nebraska) just gave up a few big plays on third down.  They'll get better, it's only the first year of the new system, I can't wait to be down there and be a part of it all," he said. 


As Phillip continues to play on towards the possibility of a state championship, he has to see the talent around him at Nebraska accumulating.  He says that he is very excited about getting to play with his new teammates.  "Oh yeah I can't wait," he said.  "Craig Roark, Marlon Lucky, Harrison Beck, basically, all of them."


Craig Roark finds himself chatting with potential recruits for Nebraska, so one starts to wonder if perhaps Phillip himself chats with any current potential prizes that Nebraska has its eyes on.  "Reggie Smith, but I haven't talked to him in a little bit.  I just tell him he's having a good season, I just tell him not to listen to OU fans because only he knows what's best for him and I hope he'll choose Nebraska," he said.


It's obvious by speaking to Phillip that Nebraska not only snatched up a fine linebacker prospect, but a fine young man with an obvious drive and passion that will take him far.

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