This Okie is really OK

A super productive linebacker from Oklahoma is taking a look at the University of Tennessee.

Phillip Dillard is a 6-2, 240-pounder from Jenks High School blessed with 4.6 speed over 40 yards and a 335-pound bench press. He recorded 101 tackles, six sacks and an interception as a junior last fall.

''I read the offense good and can tell what they are doing,'' he told Allen Wallace of ''I get to the ball well and I'm pretty strong.''

Dillard already has scholarship offers from Nebraska and Texas A&M but is sure to get dozens more in the months ahead. He favors Oklahoma slightly over Nebraska, with Kansas State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and A&M also in the chase.

''I like how Oklahoma always has a strong defense and I like the coaches,'' Dillard said. ''They know what they are doing and they know how to break down offenses. K-State always has great athletes and they send LBs to the NFL every year.''

Hurting Tennessee's chances is the fact that proximity seems to be a factor for Dillard. He plans to attend summer camps at Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

''I'd like to kind of stay close,'' he said. ''I wouldn't mind leaving, but I like the in-state schools a lot. I like Nebraska because they always have great crowds and sell out. They'll be changing things up with the new coaches and I know they have great facilities.''

The Vols have two Oklahomans on their current roster, wideout Robert Meachem and safety Brandon Johnson. Both hail from Tulsa.

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