Garland Coach Proud of His Texas Commits

The Garland Owls continue to produce some of the top talent in the state. On Sunday, Coach Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns got verbal pledges from two of the Owls' best prospects in linebacker Tevin Jackson and quarterback/wide receiver/cornerback Adrian Phillips. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Garland Owl head coach Jeff Jordan about his star pupils.

Garland Owl head coach Jeff Jordan knows a thing or two about the recruiting process as Garland is considered one of the state's top producers of talent annually. Jordan confirmed that both of his players who visited Austin over the weekend did commit to the Texas Longhorns.

"I talked to both of the guys on the phone yesterday (Sunday) and both of them (Tevin Jackson and Adrian Phillips) are committed to Texas," Coach Jordan proudly announced.

When Jordan was asked about both players, he could not deliver any higher praise on both guys as players but also as people.

"Adrian is a tremendous athlete. He might be one of the best athletes we have had around here, and that is saying something given the guys that we have had. As good a player as he is, he is an even better kid. He is a great character kid with great leadership. He is just an exceptional person," Coach Jordan said.

Jordan explained that Adrian Phillips started the season playing wide receiver and cornerback. Five games into the season, an injury at the quarterback position forced Phillips into the signal caller spot. Phillips ended the season 875 yards rushing, 422 yards receiving, and 862 passing yards (18 total touchdowns). In his five games as a corner, Phillips recorded 17 tackles and 3 interceptions.

Texas is recruiting Phillips as an athlete.

"Adrian can fit in anywhere on offense or defense. They are telling him that he is an athlete and they will figure out which side of the ball he best fits later," said Jordan.

Jordan said that Tevin Jackson was the best defender on his 11-2 Owl team. Jackson manned the middle for the Owl defense.

"Tevin is another tremendous athlete and another really good character kid," Jordan said. "He is a prototypical linebacker at 6-2, 215, and runs in the 4.5's. Seven or eight years ago, he would have played outside linebacker in our 4-3, but we play so many spread teams, we had to play him in the middle," Jordan added.

Jackson was an All-District performer who had 94 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. He also contributed on special teams.

"I think they will use him in a role like Sergio Kindle. He will play outside and could also put his hand on the ground to rush the passer," Jordan said.

Both players had previously attended Oklahoma's junior day and both received offers from Bob Stoops.

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