It wasn’t a huge visit weekend for Oklahoma with just two official visitors. But no doubt Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature Magnet inside linebacker Jacob Phillips will be one to monitor going forward.
Phillips, a Scout 300 prospect, was back in Norman for the first time since a trip in the spring, and it’s clear everything went as well as expected.
His trips are not done as Phillips continues one of the most ambitious official visit schedules anyone has ever seen with five consecutive weekends of visits, but OU has made its impression.
Phillips is definitely a top target for OU and looks to be the same for Alabama and Notre Dame. The Sooners seem to have Phillips and Anthony Hines’ names circled as to who will be that final inside linebacker for the class.
Here are Phillips’ impressions following another trip to Norman and the first look at the renovated stadium.
How different was this visit compared to the one you took to OU in the spring?
A lot different on this visit. I had a lot of fun just being around everyone down there. On my first visit it was a lot of touring and stuff like that but the players were around this time so that made it better.
Who was your host and what was your favorite part of the weekend?
Tay Evans and again, just hanging out with the players coaches and commits. Seeing how into the game the fans were was pretty good also.
You’ve been pretty clear about saying you wanted to take all five visits and decide. But was there ever a point where you thought about ending it and committing right then and there?
No sir. My family and I decided a while ago we were going to wait to take all of my officials so that I would have no regrets.
A lot of OU commits and targets picked the Ohio State weekend for their visit so how did ULM become yours? Was it special to be among the first visitors to see the renovated stadium?
I wanted to take my first five official visits the first five weeks of the season so it just landed on that date because they had to all fit in a back-to-back schedule. And it was pretty cool seeing the renovated stadium. They looked nice.
How was the Sunday morning brunch with Bob Stoops? What kind of experience was that?
His house was huge (laughs). Going and looking inside just kind of gives you a hunch that this is where he wants to live for the rest of his life, which is what you want to give you a mental security of a stable coaching staff. We had good conversation and my family enjoyed it.
Almost halfway there. Has this process been too overwhelming for you to make visits on five consecutive weekends?
No, it's going great. The visits are so fun all throughout the week. I think about the game on Friday and then my visit that weekend.