From Music City to Nompton. It has been the battle cry for Oklahoma with Nashville (Tenn.) East Literature linebacker Jacob Phillips.
And Wednesday it all came together. Phillips announced his decision to commit to the Sooners and become the latest member of SoonerSquad17.
Phillips, ranked No. 7 at inside linebacker, is OU’s 16th pledge in the Scout 300 and vaults OU into the No. 1 spot in Scout’s rankings.
This was a big one.
Phillips had a great visit to OU back in the spring, and it looked like the Sooners were clearly in the driver’s seat at that point.
As months went on, however, schools like Alabama and Notre Dame made substantial pushes to lure Phillips in their direction.
A last-minute push from Texas A&M was nothing to sneeze at, either, as the Aggies did everything right with Phillips during his visit last weekend.
But OU had been there from the start. The relationship with linebackers coach Tim Kish hadn’t gone away. The bond built with Bob and Mike Stoops was strong, and he had felt like an honorary member of SS17 for a while.
OU commits have routinely been in his ear and talking to him like he’s already part of the family. It turns out now that he actually is.
Phillips is huge for the Sooners, especially coming off the news about Tay Evans’ career being over because of concussion issues.
He is the second commitment at inside linebacker, joining Collinsville (Okla.) High Scout 100 prospect Levi Draper, and OU’s fifth linebacker commitment overall for the class.
Depth at linebacker has been a real concern for OU, and Kish and company are trying to make sure that won’t be following the 2017 class.
Phillips took his official visit to OU for the Sooners’ initial home game of the season, opening up the renovated stadium. The good vibes there never went away and this is a major recruiting victory for the Sooners with SEC schools like Bama and the Aggies solidly in the mix.
Winning battles like this leads to winning big-time games in the future and making sure those recruits keep coming to Norman.