Junior to watch: LB Ryan Phipps

WeAreSC.com was able to catch up with linebacker Ryan Phipps out of Corona Centennial High School in Corona, California recently and the rising linebacker had the following update for us…

One of the players who really came on and caught the attention of some of The Insiders staff at the recent Nike Camp at USC was Ryan Phipps. Phipps is a linebacker whose strengths are his speed and football sense. He has tremendous athleticism for his size (6'0" and 215 pounds). He is very quick as he normally clocks a 4.4 forty. He was disappointed in his Nike Camp forty time of 4.5. Phipps also has a 32" vertical, can bench 315 (he did 17 reps of 185 at the Nike Camp), squat 500 pounds, and can power clean 340. Ryan will continue to work on his speed and strength in his off-season workout program gearing up for his senior season. He also attended the recent One-Day Skills camp at USC, and really enjoyed the individual work and attention with USC linebacker's coach Nick Holt.

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.

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