Jacob Phillips sets first Irish visit

Last month three-star linebacker Jacob Phillips landed an offer from Notre Dame and on March 19 he’ll be in South Bend to get his first look at the school and to learn more about the program.

It was less than a month ago that three-star junior linebacker Jacob Phillips landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

On March 19, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., will make his first visit to the school to see what the Irish have to offer a student-athlete.

Phillips, who will travel to South Bend with his coach and possibly spend the night either on Friday or Saturday, is looking forward to seeing Notre Dame in person.

“ND is a great school and I can’t wait to learn more about everything after my visit,” Phillips said. “I’ve been talking to coach (Mike) Elston every week. He seems like a great man and coach, but I hope to learn more about him on my visit.”

Elston has provided Phillips with plenty of information about the school and how the Irish would use him in their defense.

“We talk about football and my upcoming visit,” Phillips said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Following his trip to Notre Dame, Phillips will visit Oklahoma on March 22.

After that he’ll turn his attention to the summer camps with the goal of earning an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon this July.

He’ll try to earn that invitation at The Opening Regional in Columbus, Ohio on May 7.

Auburn, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Washington State are among some of Notre Dame’s top competitors of Phillips’ signature. All those programs have already offered.

As a junior, Phillips recorded 122 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and 3 ½ sacks.

His older brother Josh plays basketball at Middle Tennessee State.

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