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

Phillip Sumpter can't wait for Wednesday to get here.

The Edmond Santa Fe running back has been committed to Memphis since the first week of December and will finally get to sign as the signing period begins Wednesday.

“I'm really excited for it,” Sumpter said. “I've been wearing my Memphis hat around the house just for no reason lately. I'm ready for it to get here.”

No out-of-state Division I program has been as successful as the Tigers in recruiting the state this season.

Three Oklahomans have committed to Memphis, with Ringling's Jackson Dillon and Sequoyah-Tahlequah's Brayden Scott.

Memphis' success in the state can largely be attributed to its Oklahoma-centric coaching staff.

Head coach Justin Fuente is a Tulsa native who played for Union and then OU.

Defensive coordinator Barry Odom is from Ada. Offensive line coach Vance Vice is from Grove and played for Oklahoma State. Defensive line coach Tim Billings is from Lawton, graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State and served as an assistant at Norman and Duncan high schools before beginning his college coaching career.

Quarterbacks coach Brad Cornelsen is from Texhoma and has coached at Oklahoma State, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and Northeastern State.

Others on the staff have state ties as well. Special teams/tight ends coach James Shibest started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State. Linebackers coach Galen Scott and wide receivers coach Holman Wiggins coached at Tulsa.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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