East Nashville senior Jacob Phillips, one of the top linebacker recruits in the country, committed to play football at Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Phillips, No. 4 in this year’s Tennessean Dandy Dozen, chose the Sooners over scholarship offers from more than 20 Division I schools, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Texas A&M.
“I just felt comfortable with it,” Phillips said. “It was my No. 1 school, I love the coaches there, I love the tradition, so I feel like this is the right decision for me.
“I just woke up one day I knew I wanted to be a Sooner, and that’s what made it.”
Phillips, a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 7-ranked inside linebacker according to 247Sports, has registered a team-leading 73 tackles with three interceptions, a fumble recovery and a pair of defensive touchdowns for East Nashville.
Phillips is the final member of The Tennessean’s 2016 Dandy Dozen — a collection of Middle Tennessee’s top college football prospects for the Class of 2017 — to announce his college choice.
The rest of the Dandy Dozen: Ensworth’s Rodney Owens (Louisville), Oakland’s Kaleb Oliver (Mississippi State), Overton’s Theo Jackson (Tennessee), Stratford’s T.J. Carter (Memphis), La Vergne’s Princeton Fant (Tennessee), Riverdale’s Gentry Bonds (Georgia Tech), Lipscomb’s Rutger Reitmaier (Oregon), Davidson Academy’s Obinna Eze (Memphis), La Vergne’s Maleik Gray (Tennessee), MBA’s Ty Chandler (Tennessee) and Oakland’s JaCoby Stevens (LSU).
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