RECRUITING: Jenks LB glad OU's offer finally came

Jenks, Okla. linebacker Phillip Dillard talks about the timing of OU's offer and where the Sooners stand among his favorites.


Phillip Dillard has been a household name on one of the nations top high school teams since his sophomore season. That in itself is a rarity to start for three years at Jenks, but that tells you how talented Dillard really is.

"It actually feels real good growing up in middle school and watching KeJuan Jones and Rocky Calmus win," said Dillard. "I never thought I would be good enough to play in their shoes and now that I am it is a tremendous feeling."

Last season Dillard finished with 101 tackles, six sacks, one interception, three forced fumbled and two fumbles recovered. As a sophomore, Dillard finished with 96 total tackles. Dillard can bench 340 pounds, squats 485 and he has a vertical jump of 32.5 inches.

Dillard attended the OSU summer camp a year ago and this summer he hopes to camp at OSU, OU and Kansas State. Dillard has been offered by 11 schools at this point.

"I have to say I like Nebraska, Kansas State, OU, OSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee the most," said Dillard. "All of those schools have offered me and I am looking at all of them at this point. Oklahoma offered me a week or two ago. I thought the offer would come a little earlier, but I still got one and that makes me really happy.

"Oklahoma has a real high chance of signing with me. If I had an offer from them earlier I probably would have already committed to them. At this point I have been talking to some other schools and I want to see what they are all about. Oklahoma always has good linebackers and Coach Venables is known for coaching great linebackers and that is something that I would love to be a part of."

Qualifying shouldn't be any problem for Dillard.

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