Recruiting: Phillips Has Been Through A Lot

There is no doubt that Jordan Phillips of Towanda Circle, Kan., can play. The 6-6, 280-pound Phillips is a three-sport athlete that was honorable mention in basketball this past season, plays first base and pitches for the baseball team, and his best sport is football where his freakish speed for that size, 4.7 in the forty, makes him a monster playmaker on the defensive line.

His personal history is a lesson in determination. After his mother died when he was 2 years old, he lived and was successfully raised by his grandmother (Irene Alford) and grandfather (Willie Alford).

His grandmother had a stroke and as he entered high school his grandfather was struggling with keeping up with Jordan's active schedule as his participation in athletics esculated.

Enter the Kinder family, as his longtime friend, Kenyon, and his parents, Kody and Shelly Kinder, who already really loved Jordan, took him in as one of their own. The Kinders are kind of Kansas fans and his grandfather is an OU fan.

Phillips has offers from both of those schools, in addition to Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and most recently, Nebraska. He has also heard from Miami, Ole Miss, and Colorado State.

"I'd say all the schools are the same so far. None of them really stands out above the others," said Phillips, who has been to the campus of Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma.

"I'm not sure what I want to major in b,ut I know I want it to be something with sports. This summer I do plan on going to camps and working out. I want to wait awhile on my decision and make sure about it.

"I'm looking for a championship-(type) program that I can help out and be the best I can be, and develop into a next level player."

Of the coaches that are recruiting him, Phillips said he really enjoys K-State's Joe Bob Clements, adding that Kansas State has been recruiting him the longest and they were the first to offer a scholarship.

One thing that is certain is that as intimidating as Phillips might be on the football field, imagine during baseball and the upcoming regionals what it would be like to walk to the plate and see him standing out on the mound ready to deliver a fastball with that right arm of his. Ohhh, that is a little scary.

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