The question was more “when” then “if.” Either way, the deed has been done.
Talented 4-star linebacker Jacob Phillips will visit LSU on Jan. 20, a source told SEC Country.
It will be an unofficial visit because Phillips has taken all five of his allotted official visits earlier this fall.
Phillips, who committed to Oklahoma in October, sits atop of LSU’s linebacker big board. That has been the case since Ed Orgeron took over for Les Miles as the Tigers’ head coach.
One source told SEC Country that upon Orgeron taking the job, he told members of his coaching staff to “go get Jacob Phillips.”
As LSU attempts to flip the U.S. Army All-American linebacker, it will try to emulate an official visit for Phillips and his family. It’ll be their first trip to Baton Rouge after the 6-foot-3.5, 228-pounder added his offer from the Tigers last June.
LSU remains confident in its ability to land Phillips with the visit. Getting him on campus was the staff’s main objective for much of the Contact Period in December, when Dave Aranda reached out to the linebacker and GM/area recruiter Austin Thomas went in-home with him.
Phillips was originally scheduled to officially visit LSU on Oct. 1, but never made the trip. Instead, he went to Alabama, one of five schools he visited before committing to the Sooners. He also made stops at Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
LSU holds a commitment from only one other linebacker in its 2017 recruiting class — 4-star Livonia (La.) product Patrick Queen — but is aiming to pad its depth at the second layer of its defense beginning with flipping Phillips. With Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley both off to the NFL Draft, the Tigers could insert Phillips right into the defensive lineup.
Phillips was among the top performers at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. That follows the East Nashville (Tenn.) Magnet School product winning Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award in Class 3A.
He is rated as the No. 8 inside linebacker in the 2017 class.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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