LSU’s quest for blue-chip linebackers has finally yielded a boom.
Jacob Phillips, a 4-star linebacker from Tennessee, has flipped from Oklahoma to LSU.
Phillips emerged as one of the Tigers’ top targets at the position soon after Ed Orgeron took over as LSU’s head coach. When Orgeron was named the interim coach, he told members of his staff to “go get Jacob Phillips.”
The 6-foot-3.5, 228-pounder from East Nashville Magnet School (Tenn.) committed to the Sooners in mid-October, days after he was scheduled to officially visit LSU. However, at Phillips opted not to come to Baton Rouge for the Oct. 1 weekend and instead visited Alabama, leading to his commitment to Oklahoma just more than a week later.
The top-ranked inside linebacker in the 2017 class, Phillips has multiple connections to LSU. He has been recruited by LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and GM Austin Thomas, who made an in-home visit with Phillips during the December Contact Period and again at the start of the January Contact Period. Credit Thomas for spearheading the recruitment throughout and building a thorough relationship with both Phillips and his family.
Communication continued to pick up since then, resulting in Phillips’ visit to LSU this past weekend.
Phillips was close to committing on Sunday in Baton Rouge but opted to sleep on his decision. As of Tuesday, he remained split between LSU and Oklahoma, but talks eventually pushed the Tigers ahead by Wednesday night. Opportunity and relationships keyed the change.
Phillips was named Tennessee’s Mr. Football in the Class 3A ranks. He accounted for 123 tackles and three interceptions during his senior season.
The U.S. Army All-American is the second linebacker in the Tigers’ 2017 class, joining fellow 4-star Patrick Queen of Livonia (La.) High.
LSU currently holds 21 commitments.
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