Oklahoma had five commitments on the field (and one on the sidelines) at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, and the prospects represented their future school about as well as they could have.
The #SoonerSquad17 at the US Army All-American Bowl. #Sooners pic.twitter.com/UYNZPAnKQf— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
OU LB commit @jacobphillips_1 doing work in the US Army All-American Bowl. #SoonerSquad17. pic.twitter.com/Xh8GJaGseX— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
During the week, Phillips was listed as someone who had surprised those in attendance by surpassing expectations. On Saturday, the trend continued for the Nashville native as he led the East with four tackles and one tackle for loss. The linebacker received rave reviews from recruiting experts in attendance.
Jacob Phillips has been on fire this week.— SB Nation Recruiting (@SBNRecruiting) January 7, 2017
I think you can add LB Jacob Phillips to the stock rising column after Army All-American week. https://t.co/dVWeMg7O9Q via @247Sports— Luke Stampini (@LukeStampini) January 7, 2017
Love him. Nobody has consistently improved their game over the last 18 mos than Jacob phillips. One of the best in the country IMO https://t.co/Gytc6eNE3f— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 7, 2017
Phillips was all over the field on Saturday showcasing his surprising speed and discipline. If OU can keep him from flipping to LSU (which is something we’ll have to keep an eye on), they’ll be getting someone who can potentially crack the ILB rotation from the get-go.
Oklahoma LB commit Jacob Phillips runs down the QB in the Army All-American Bowl. #SoonerSquad17 https://t.co/5xYAXo3Vj7— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
Introducing Jacob Phillips. #SoonerSquad17 https://t.co/cZFOtZL2JR— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
Another guy who really made his presence felt this week was Oklahoma commit and California product Addison Gumbs. While he wasn’t seeing the same level of praise that Phillips received, he definitely was able to show off his impressive playmaking ability.
Oklahoma LB commit Addison Gumbs with the pressure off the edge. #SoonerSquad17 https://t.co/n7zWbppATi— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
If I were a high school quarterback considering a Big 12 school not named Oklahoma, I’d look elsewhere after seeing this footage. But Gumbs isn’t just a pass-rushing specialist. He was also able to demonstrate his ability to help out in run defense.
Addison Gumbs fills the hole and makes the stop. #SoonerSquad17 https://t.co/o4NhOoKLnD— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) January 7, 2017
Oklahoma will have plenty of edge rushers at their disposal in 2017, but Gumbs is the type of individual who can step right in and make an impact as a freshman. It may not happen right off the bat, but don’t be surprised to see him out there in certain situations by the halfway point of next season.
- Oklahoma commits Levi Draper and Isaiah Thomas were both able to make an impact on the field in San Antonio. Draper, recovered a fumble on a muffed punt and was also able to snuff out a trick play. On one play, Thomas impressively contained shifty Alabama QB commit Tua Tagovailoa for a minimal gain.
- Oklahoma center commit Creed Humphrey’s name wasn’t called much on the field (he is a center, after all), but he did have the honor of being a captain for the East squad.
Captains of the ship. #ArmyBowl pic.twitter.com/srCCMa9xWy— #ArmyBowl (@ArmyAllAmerican) January 8, 2017
Those of you who follow our Twitter account probably already know this by now, but Creed is one of my favorites.
- The Sooners came up empty on Saturday with offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga and defensive back Jeffrey Okudah, both of whom committed at the game. Okudah had been seen as a lock to end up at Ohio State for some time now, but there was a bit more hope to land Filiaga, who chose Michigan.