There are eight days before National Signing Day, which means time is running out on Jacob Phillips’ decision.
Phillips, the nation’s top inside linebacker and a longtime Oklahoma commit, remains completely torn between his decision to stick with the Sooners or flip to LSU, a source told SEC Country.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound U.S. Army All-American is coming off an unofficial visit to LSU, and according to a source, was on the verge of committing to the Tigers during that visit. However, he opted to sleep on it before making a rash decision.
Members of the Oklahoma coaching staff were in contact with Phillips as soon as he returned from Baton Rouge and are expected to go in-home with the linebacker on Thursday or Friday.
Phillips surfaced to the top of LSU’s linebacker board as soon as Ed Orgeron took over as the Tigers’ head coach. One of his first moves was to tell his staff to “go get Jacob Phillips.”
If pressed to make a decision today, a source close to Phillips indicated that the Sooners would earn the nod.
However, Phillips has until National Signing Day to pen his signature on his letter of intent, meaning that LSU is not yet out of the race.
Part of the reason the 4-star linebacker remains torn between LSU and Oklahoma is the longstanding relationship with other members of the Sooners’ recruiting class. That bodes well for the Tigers’ chances, though, as Phillips is close with fellow LSU linebacker target Willie Gay and forged friendships with several of the other recruits that officially visited Baton Rouge this past weekend.
LSU remains confident in its chances with Phillips after pitching him the message that he can blossom under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s tutelage and possibly earn immediate playing time.
With that in mind, Phillips is expected to finalize his decision when the Dead Period arrives on Sunday, the source said. The All-American could settle on either Oklahoma or LSU between then and National Signing Day.
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