If Oregon Offers, Will He Come?

Max Emfinger rates him as the top weakside linebacker in the West and 12th nationally. At April's SoCal Nike Camp he ran a 4.5 forty, 4.00 shuttle, jumped 31 inches in the vertical and did 16 reps on the bench while also excelling in the one on one drills. When the camp ended, this Kevin Mitchell clone was singled out as one of the top three linebackers that participated at the camp and better yet, he loves the Ducks.

Linebacker Ryan Phipps, 5-11, 215, 4.5 plays for football powerhouse Centennial High School in Corona (CA). As a junior, Phipps recorded a team leading 172 tackles on the way to a CIF championship and earned All-CIF, All-Inland Empire and All-League honors. He is also an excellent student with a 3.7 GPA.

Needless to say, many schools have been in touch with Ryan and even though both of his parents attended ASU, Phipps is looking hard at continuing his football career in Eugene. Ryan likes how Oregon utilizes smaller speedy linebackers in their defensive scheme and plans to attend the Duck's one-day football camp in June.

"I'm very interested in Oregon," said Ryan. "I'm going to the one day camp in a couple of weeks and hope to get an offer."

Defensive back coach John Neal has been the the main point of contact between the University of Oregon and Ryan.

Oregon is his clear favorite followed by Colorado, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Arizona State and Arizona. He has received offers from Colorado State, SDSU and Hawaii.

Marty Martindale contributed to this story

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