SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Jacob Phillips continues to find himself in the center of attention at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices.
For one, the 4-star linebacker has been one of the standout defenders. But it’s also because he’s a linebacker, one that LSU desperately craves.
The Oklahoma commitment continues to stay in touch with the Tigers’ coaches, most notably LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and GM Austin Thomas, who played a pivotal role in landing 5-star safety and fellow Nashville-area recruit JaCoby Stevens.
“I’ve got a really good relationship with him,” Phillips told SEC Country, on Thomas.
“He’s always talking about how I can trust him and how he wants to be like my brother and that he’ll take care of me and things like that. I’ve seen him with a lot of other players like JaCoby and with my trainer (Buck Fitzgerald), and there’s just a long history there.”
Stevens, LSU’s prized defensive back commit, will enroll at LSU in just a matter of days.
With his Tigers shifting their focus onto Phillips to bolster the second layer of the defense, the 5-star recruit has also played a helping hand in trying to flip the blue-chip linebacker.
“JaCoby hits me up on text and on Twitter, and he called me the other day,” said Phillips. “He said they really need me and that I’m their No. 1 prospect. They really want me there.”
“LSU is arguably the No. 2 team in the SEC right now,” he added, “and that really means a lot. Coach Aranda hits me up and tells me I’m their No. 1 prospect for them right now, and all along in the process, I’ve been told that by other schools. But it means a lot from LSU.”
In addition to Stevens — who is days away from officially being a Tiger — Phillips has been recruited to Baton Rouge by one of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects.
That, of course, is Willie Gay.
The 4-star Mississippi linebacker has raised some eyebrows with a newfound interest in LSU since landing in San Antonio. If he opts to commit to LSU, he has his sights sets on bringing Phillips along for the ride.
“Yeah, he’s definitely been in my ear,” Phillips said of Gay, the fellow U.S. Army All-American linebacker. “He’s telling me that he’s interested in going down there and playing, and things like that.”
“Me and Jacob Phillips are going to LSU,” Gay said, putting an exclamation point on the interview.
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