Jordan James of 247Sports reported on Wednesday that four-star linebacker Jacob Phillips has committed to the Oklahoma Sooners’ football program for next season.
Phillips reportedly had offers from 22 other schools, including Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Oregon. He officially visited those four schools, as well as Oklahoma, during a six-week span that started in September. 247Sports has Phillips ranked as the seventh-best linebacker in the nation and as the 194th-ranked player overall.
The East Nashville product has already racked up 73 tackles with three interceptions, one fumble recovery and a pair of defensive touchdowns this season.
With the news of Phillips’ commitment, the Sooners have 22 players locked in on hard commitments for the 2017 class. The list includes 15 other four-star recruits, such as Waxahachie wide receiver Jalen Reagor, Mesquite quarterback Chris Robison and cornerback Justin Broiles out of Oklahoma City. 247Sports ranks Oklahoma’s 2017 recruiting class as the fifth-strongest in country behind only Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
The Sooners have fallen far short of the initial expectations on the field so far this season. Despite starting the year ranked No. 3 in the preseason AP top 25, the school lost two of their first three games to Houston and Ohio State, respectively. They have rebounded to beat TCU and rival Texas, however, and they are still very much alive in the Big 12 despite their 3-2 overall record.
Oklahoma has two games remaining against teams currently ranked in the top 25. They will host 11th-ranked Baylor on November 12 and travel to No. 20 West Virginia on November 19. The Sooners will host Kansas State (3-2) this Saturday, with kickoff set for noon Eastern Time.