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High schools: Edmond Santa Fe running back Phillip Sumpter gets a 'hometown' feel out of Memphis

Majority of Tigers' coaching staff has Oklahoma ties, plus Sumpter has family in the river city.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 3, 2013
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photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Phillip Sumpter runs past Lawton's Taylor Wattenberger for a touchdown during their high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, October 11, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe's Phillip Sumpter runs past Lawton's Taylor Wattenberger for a touchdown during their high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Thursday, October 11, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The familiarity with the area helped Memphis send a wave of recruiters into the state.

While Vice and Billings were the primary recruiters of Dillon, no fewer than five Memphis assistant coaches have stopped by the school during his recruitment.

“They were very persistent early on in their recruiting,” Richard Dillon, Jackson's father, said. “There were other teams that showed interest but didn't put forth the worth. They have been very impressive in the time and effort they've put into recruiting Jackson and making a good impression with his other and I. We know that they have his best interests in mind.”

The Tigers haven't had quite that many coaches at Santa Fe but at least three have come by during Sumpter's recruitment.

Odom and Vice have been his primary recruiters, but Fuente has also stopped by.

“There was just a family atmosphere around them,” Sumpter said. “It seemed like a good fit for me from the start.”

Sumpter also said it was a help that he'd be joined by players from the state, even though he also has family in Memphis.

“It definitely made me more comfortable with it,” Sumpter said.