There have been several major schools that have been in contact with Phipps. Hawaii actually offered before his junior season ended. San Diego State offered earlier this week. Other major powers that have Ryan on their radar include USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Oregon, Nebraska, and Colorado. He will play out his recruitment by ear, as he would like to commit early to concentrate on his senior season. His parents are long-time USC Football season ticket holders, so one could guess USC is well thought off in the Phipps household.
Ryan was All-League and All-County last fall while racking up an amazing 180 tackles. He was denied the team MVP by his more publicized teammate, running back Terrell Jackson. Phipps also had 5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles during his junior campaign. He played against 2003 USC commits Drean Rucker, Matt Spanos, and Jonathan Turner. He also knows Ryan Kalil.
In regards to USC specifically, Ryan has obviously been to several games at the Coliseum basically growing up with Trojan football. His recruiting coordinator will be Coach Sarkisian. He loves the USC campus, coaches, and tradition. In addition, he models his game after Matt Grootegoed. He also likes Oregon linebacker Kevin Mitchell's approach to the game. Ryan is a player who is open to moving to possibly a strong safety spot for the college game, as he is the first to admit his size may prohibit him from playing his current middle linebacker spot at the next level. Ryan carries a 3.8 GPA and plans to major in business at the next level. He has taken the SAT, but has not gotten the results back. He will have no problem qualifying. He lists paintball as his favorite hobby away from the gridiron. He is a football player…period.