East Nashville’s Jacob Phillips, one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation, has decided when he’ll make his college commitment.
“I’m planning on taking my (official visits) the first five weeks of the season, and I’m pretty sure I’ll commit on Oct. 8, the Saturday after I get done taking them,” Phillips said following Wednesday’s Tennessee Titans 7-on-7 Passing Tournament.
Phillips, a four-star prospect and the No. 12-rated inside linebacker nationally according to 247Sports, released a list of his top seven college choices last month — California, Miami (Fla.), Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon and Texas A&M — but the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder said that things have changed.
“I put out a top seven a while ago, but some things have changed since then,” said Phillips, who began his prep career at Beech before transferring to East Nashville prior to last season. “Some schools have moved up, but I’m not really ready to say anything right now.”
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Phillips, who recorded 122 tackles and a pair of sacks for the Eagles a season ago, earned Most Valuable linebacker honors at last month’s Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta, and he was also recently named one of 50 finalists for the 2016 Butkus Award, which has been presented annually to the country’s top high school linebacker since 2008.