LB Tom Phelps Can Play MLB or SAM

Last year at this time, current Butler CC LB Tommy Phelps was a Kansas Jayhawk at tight end.  After spending the entire year on the travel-squad as walk-on, Phelps decided KU wasn't for him so he looked for the best fit to showcase his talents and he found it with the Grizzlies.

"Coming out of high school Kansas was really my only division one offer to walk-on," Phelps told recently.  "I could have gone to the Air Force Academy, but I didn't want to go there, so I just went as a preferred walk-on  at KU.

"I redshirted my first year at linebacker and then spent the spring at linebacker as well.  The coaches moved me to tight end after camp and I made the traveling squad, but playing tight end wasn't really what I wanted to do, so I decided to head to Butler."

Phelps, who prepped at Bishop-Miege in Kansas City, has impressive physical stats – he benches 380, including 22 reps at 225, squats 500 pounds and runs a 4.58 forty – and he's got a nose for the ball. 

"I'm second on my team in tackles," said Phelps who had 62 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery before the last contest. He added 11 tackles, 1 QB hurrry, 1 forced fumble, 2 big hits and 1 pass break up over the weekend.  "I'm a pretty sure tackler – I rarely miss a tackle.  My eyes are really helpful because I don't let fakes or players get me focused of the ball-carrier."

On the recruiting front, he hasn't gotten a lot of attention to this point, but his coaches have assured him that things will pick up after their season is over.

"Our coaches don't like their players thinking about recruiting during the season," Phelps said.  "They want us concentrating on what we need to do and then after that, we should see some stuff happen.

"When (current Cincinnati Bengals RB) Rudi Johnson was here, he didn't get a scholarship offer until November so my coaches just said to be patient and things will happen."

So far Kansas State is the one school to really show any interest with a call earlier this year.  "Other schools have stopped by to watch my film and I've met some of them, but nothing really substantial has come of those so far," Phelps said.

Wherever he ends up, Phelps will have two years to play two and he plans to major in Business Administration.


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