phillips Open Post (Including Jordan Phillips Update) – Thurs, May 29th (UPDATE 5:07 pm)

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- Jordan Phillips Update: I know the recruiting news hasn’t been the best lately, but it’s important to keep in mind that Oklahoma has a lot of talent on the current roster. OU is expecting to take a smaller class than they have in recent years and as a result, they have been taking a little longer with some of their evals. Which is not meant to come across as a excuse because the reality of things currently is what it is (as they say). But, anyway, back to Phillips.

Before he was injured, Jordan Phillips was having an incredible season. He was a difference maker in the middle. Holding up the run game in the middle, eating up blocks, and preventing lineman from getting to the second level. He was also able to apply pressure up the middle on passing downs. While Phillips’ injury allowed guys like Jordan Wade and Torrea Peterson to get valuable reps and develop some depth, there is no question that Oklahoma felt the loss of Phillips in a serious way.

A source was kind enough to give us an update on how things are coming along with Phillips. We were told the latest is that he is dying to get back on the field, which I’m sure comes as a shock to no one. The coaches/trainers have been very cautious and are understandably trying to bring him along slowly, both in terms of his recovery and regaining his speed/strength. We’ve been told his progress has been excellent thus far, and that he is expecting to be back by the beginning of the season. It’s obviously going to be a little easier to tell for sure once fall camp rolls around — and it’s important to note things could easily change with respect to his status between now and then — but right now we’re told the expectation is he will be ready to go all out by the season opener.

- In regards to the Torrance Gibson note from yesterday, one of our regular readers and posters (Coach Stauder) asked if we have specific details about Gibson’s school/team situation. We don’t know exactly what happened, but it sounds like whatever took place was blown way out of proportion. Gibson was suspended from school for a day or two, but is already back as we understand things. It sounds like the suspension just coincided with the spring scrimmage (or perhaps it was an additional punishment). Gibson’s mother is a teacher at the American Heritage, so I suspect whatever caused the suspension was dealt with appropriately by the school and Gibson’s family/coaches.

Gibson is also expected to release his Top 7 schools, in order, later today, so we’ll be sure to update this post once that information becomes available.

- I checked in with 2015 OG Cordel Iwuagwu (Houston, TX). JY recently wrote about him in case you missed it. Although OU has not yet extended an offer to Cordel, he is apparently communicating with OU every week. He is an OG that we really like. He continues to pick up a ton of offers on the recruiting trail, including schools like Arizona State and TCU. Definitely glad to hear that OU is staying in regular contact with him, though that is no surprise given Coach Bedenbaugh’s work ethic.

It sounds like OU is just interested in evaluating Cordel a little further before an offer is made, and there appears to be a good chance he’ll be at one of the summer satellite camps. I think OU likes Cordel’s athleticism, but he’s a little undersized in terms of his developed weight compared to what Bedenbaugh typically looks for in an OG. Cordel has solid height at 6’3″ flat footed, but he’s currently just 280 lbs and Bedenbaugh is looking for guys who are sitting right around 300 lbs. But if Cordel performs the way he is capable of, and given his frame, I suspect there is a chance he’d earn an offer. Clearly, Oklahoma has their eye very much on the Houston product.

- Another 2015 OL that you’re going to want to keep your eyes on is Ringling’s Riley Daniel. JY has a write up coming soon about the massive OK Preps OL. He’s not only received offers from North Texas and Tulsa (two very good mid-major D1 programs), but he recently picked up an offer from Houston. The UH coaches were in Oklahoma last week looking at a number of recruits. I know they went by and saw McKinley Whitfield (and offered), and I’m assuming they saw Daniel on that same trip as well. We’ll have more about Daniel later…

- As we mentioned yesterday, Mike Stoops will be in Spiro today to see McKinley Whitfield. But he won’t be the only coach there. Texas Tech and Missouri are both sending coaches to Spiro today as well to see Whitfield.

- Got this picture of JY the other day that I wanted to share with y’all…TBT (throwback Thursday) as they say on Twitter. A face only a mama could love! I kid, I kid :)

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- One other quick update from earlier this morning. If you haven’t already seen it, PJ Mbanasor put out his Top 7 schools (in no order) and they included: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida, and LSU.

- UPDATE (5:07 pm): Torrance’s Gibson’s Top 7 schools (in order).

 

 


  • Jordan Esco

    OU message board guy posting elsewhere that “he’s heard Phillips will be back” in 3….2….1….

    • SoonerKevin

      Mike Stoops was supposed to make a stop in Claremore, to see Dustin Basks.

  • Jason Vos

    A lot of ppl worried that OU does not have a RB or WR commit yet. But if you look at the players on the roster you can see why they can afford to take their time at those positions.
    We have 11 scholarship WR’s currently on the roster non of which are seniors. We also have 6 scholarship RB’s on the roster, all sophomores or below.

    • Doobie74OU

      Very good point! Only spot that needs real attention is OLine & DLINE were we will loose about 13 players in this class and that is out of 22 Seniors. Also loosing 3 Kickers but we have started addressing that already!

      • Zack

        And do so wisely by signing a kicker/punter. Although I’m sure he won’t punt much.

      • Shifty

        I’d like to see the inside backer depth addressed..we are desperately thin with quality depth in there and I’m not sure the Shannon issue has been addressed by the university yet

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    Look at that handsome devil!

    • Eric Hoffpauir

      Same age as me. You were a lot better at football than I was, though.

    • Doobie74OU

      JY I didn’t know you were from Okemah, OK! I grew up in Henryetta just a stones throw down I-40. Man it is a small world! Still not sure about the handsome devil part though! LOL

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Cool man!

        • Travis Tyra

          I live in Okemah. Small world grew up in Wetumka and Okemah area.

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Crazy. We played Wetumka when we were still 11 man back in the late 80′s early 90′s.

      • Eric Hoffpauir

        My wife is from Checotah. And no, I’m not married to Carrie Underwood, in case you were wondering.

    • Super Keith

      Lookin’ good JY. I’m guessing you don’t have the same amount of hair these days (nor do I).

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Hair is loooong gone my friend!

        • connie usa

          Must be all that HGH that you were taking.

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            I didn’t know what HGH was back then! I knew what a hayfield and hard work was!

          • Perry Dickey

            What I was thinking. Article says you were working hard during the offseason on your strength. Was remembering my offseason was spent in the hay field.

          • Guest

            dumb beotch

          • Guest

            u are a bunghole

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Please refrain from these comments. Take that stuff somewhere else.

        • Super Keith

          It’s over-rated anyway. It’s because we have such big brains…it pushed the hair out.

          • Sooner Ray

            That’s what I keep telling myself.

    • connie usa

      You are one tough looking dude!!!
      Wouldn’t want to be meeting you in a back alley.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.

        • connie usa

          Like the Toby reference!!!

        • Perry Dickey

          Is that like, used to do it all night and now it takes me all night to do it?

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            What Grandpa used to say!

    • BozemanSooner

      JY, I didn’t know you went to Okemah. I played for Metro in Tulsa. I think we played you in 95 but I know we did in 96 and 97. It looks like you were gone, but in 96 you guys had a really solid running back. skinny fast kid. Cool

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        Probably Cameron Goff. I lived in the Okemah school district, but went to Butner H.S. in Cromwell. I knew a lot of those guys. Oddly enough Coach Bohannon at Okemah played ball in college with my cousin. I didn’t know that until a few years ago.

        • BozemanSooner

          haha, it was Cameron Goff! Old memories. That had a formation where EVERYTIME he went into motion it was a jet sweep to him and I had the go ahead to shadow him. I got some licks on that slippery kid that game. Great memories!

  • Paul Warfield

    Is that Brad Cornelsen young JY was blocking for in that action shot?

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      That’s BC. He’s the Qb coach at U of Memphis now

  • vargo05

    Hey Brainiacs, right after I posted about Phillips being back, I saw a good question a poster had over at the RIvals board. Have you guys heard about the enrollment for the guys who accepted walk-on status for OU? Wasn’t Lawrence Evitt one of them?

    • Super K

      Sorry bud don’t know much about the walk ons this yr but will def update you if we find out some info on that

    • rphdenton

      you can go to soonersports and they keep a roster that includes at least some walk-ons……don’t know if it’s a complete list

    • vargo05

      I checked SoonerSports, but they don’t have any incoming freshmen walk-ons yet. Thanks anyway guys.

    • OUZach

      Almost positive that that Evitt ended up signing with UCO.

      • Jordan Esco

        Yeah, at one point there was a rumor that Evitt was going to walk on (which w/h/b awesome), but he did sign elsewhere as Zach said.

  • Josh

    When I allow myself to think back to that terrible Saturday in October where.. well we all know what happened, but I like to make the excuse that it was just too much to overcome with Nelson and Phillips being out and the guys behind them just not being ready yet… yeah , that makes me feel better. But seriously, Wade made huge strides from the tu game and the Kansas game to the Sugar Bowl but can’t wait to have the big fella back out there. A dominate JP pushes this defense into elite status!!

    • EasTex

      He was tossing the ND center around like a blocking dummy with no stuffing.

  • http://thefootballbrainiacs.com JrsySooner

    Note: I mean no disrespect, honestly, but I am sad to say a lawsuit of this site is pending…
    Although the information is great and for the most part correct its a felony to post actual photos of moderators as blogging guest can become visually imparied..
    Thankfully, I have talk and speak and have only suffered a mild cataract which is correctable in time…most in part my NOT looking at moderator photos…shiver at the thought!!!!
    BTW real men are born in December…

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      thanks for the heads up…on all points.

    • Super K

      lol!

  • Coach K

    Pretty small world. I’m a former MoSo Lion myself. Even had the pleasure of having Dan Scheible as a PE teacher/football coach about 12 years ago in high school.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Where are you from?

      • Coach K

        I’m from Galena. Small town just across the state line in Kansas.

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          I know Galena well. My best friend’s grandma lived in Galena. Sadly she just passed away. we spent a few days mowing grass and raking yards over there. Isn’t that where Tow-Mater is from?

          • Coach K

            Yes, it is. Who is your best friend/grandma? Very good chance I know who they are.

  • Won

    SS Desperation?
    Just got this in my email….
    sorry about the mess…. and I know you ain’t gonna fall for it…
    TFB is best bro!

    • vargo05

      Not really desperation. Just a promotion they do a few times a year. It’s a great deal, IMO.

      • Zack

        It’s a slow time of year. The other site is giving away free content until the season starts.

    • vargo05

      Turns out it’s not just SS, it’s actually all over Rivals sites.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Zack

      I saw that earlier. I thought I was following Stephen Jackson

      • Jordan Esco

        Dude’s arms as big as my legs. That’s not normal, let alone for a teenager.

        • Zack

          Just imagine when he gets in ou’s program. He’s looking more and more like Trent Richardson.

        • wolfbuilder

          Jordan am I wrong that when I see him run plus his size that I think of Jerald Moore

    • CoachStauder

      Are we sure he isn’t a 40 year old man making a comeback? lol Leon Sandcastle has started a revolution!

      • Super K

        crazy thing is he’s been like that since 8th grade lol

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

      Perine the destroyer cometh

    • j l

      Holy jesus that kid is stacked. If he gets any bigger, can he even stay a RB? the days of okoye type RB’s seem to be a thing of the past.

    • EasTex

      Dude has guns like Brennan Clay and he isn’t even on campus yet.

    • vargo05

      I just hope he doesn’t hurt anybody in practice. That’s absurd.

  • Jordan Esco
  • CoachStauder

    Thanks for digging on my question, fellas. Regardless of why he was suspended, I hope he learns from this so that he doesn’t hurt his chances for a future that is seemingly bright.

    JY, believe it or not, I actually had a friend in college that attended Butner High School. He was a 2001 grad though.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Holy cow! What’s his name?

      • CoachStauder

        Brian Wesley. I believe they lived in Okemah or Cromwell

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          He related to Danny Wesley?

  • j l

    Any chance we beat out the 3 SEC schools for gibson? Interesting that auburn is now tied with tennessee, maybe the vols taking that 4 star dual threat has softened his stance on them? Or did auburn just make up the ground.

    • Zack

      Probably a little of both. I said earlier this week id be surprised if we were still 6th. Moved up to 4th and it’s obvious he likes Tennessee the most but I think auburn leads right now and by the time he decides I think ou will be in the final 2. Ou can be the most patient and if Tennessee keeps that 4 star committed then I think they will be out of it.

      • j l

        Im hoping youre right. From what i understand, auburn has a really loaded QB depth chart, so maybe that will sour him on them too. LSU might get a steal out of this one if we cant jump them, with their new OC they look like a mighty tempting option.

        • Zack

          I don’t take lsu seriously I probably should since they are in front of us but cam Cameron to me is kind of a joke when I hear people say he’s good because he’s from the nfl. He only had one win as a head coach and was fired as OC at Baltimore right before they made their Super Bowl run. And although he may have done well in San Diego they never won when it mattered. My only thinking is that none of these schools really want to be patient except ou.

          • j l

            If you watched LSU before last year, and last year(i watch like 10 games a weekend, i watch a lot of SEC ball), you will see their offense was light years better under cameron. I hate giving LSU any credit, but credit is due here. He took mettenberger from laughing stock to NFL pick in 1 season.

          • Zack

            That’s a good point. I don’t watch much of their games but I don’t know that he can coach a dual threat guy.

          • j l

            Thats a fair point, and one i didnt think about. Cameron is definitely more suitable towards a pro style QB.
            if everyone else could just pull their offer and let us have gibson…that’d be great.

          • Zack

            I just get a kick out of the fans here saying they think we’re wasting our time because “he’s not that good”. Everyone wants him and a good qb coach can fix the accuracy thing.

          • j l

            Its just a natural defensive reaction. No one likes rejection lol. And we have had more than our fair share lately, thats for sure.
            Id be stoked to have him, but if he prefers an SEC school, best of luck. Theres no denying his natural talent, and i have no doubt heupel can develop him, but he definitely has accuracy issues. Heres hoping he picks whats best for him, and not who is the flashiest.

  • Stephen

    Any news on how the visit with Whitfield went?

  • Super Keith

    I have no inside information about Phillips, but I have had more than a half dozen back surgeries (a result of the game we all love so much). So, I have some insight into his recovery process and the chances of him being back.

    A lot depends on where, specifically, Phillips was having issues. Mine were all thoracic and cervical (about the middle of the back up to the base of the skull), and I recovered well from all the procedures. The biggest issue when dealing with these areas (specifically cervical) is whether or not the person has stenosis. Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column (think of thicker than usual vertebrae). When the spinal column narrows, it can compress the spinal cord, and we all know that isn’t good. Normally, you can live a regular life with stenosis, however, contact sports are out of the question as one wrong blow can lead to paralysis or death.

    Ben Habern is an example of a player that had stenosis issues, and retired after having surgery to alleviate the pain. The reason I am optimistic about Phillips is that (by all accounts) he is “ready” to come back. That tells me his issues were handled cleanly, and there isn’t a fear of a narrowing spinal column. So, it appears he is just going through a normal, post operative recovery. Regaining strength and general recovery.

    The biggest hurdle Phillips is probably facing is finding out whether or not he will regain 100% of his strength. Only time will tell, but it sounds like it’s looking good.

  • Sooner Ray

    Just found out I get the short horn network…..what am I gonna do with that? It appears to be worse than a bad documentary.

    • j l

      Take some screen caps, print them, use them for toilet paper? =)

    • Won

      They actually break out some ol school OU beatdowns of saxeT