OSU football recruiting: One trip to Stillwater more than enough for Pearland's Justin Phillips

BY CHRIS BRANNICK, Staff Writer, cbrannick@opubco.com Published: January 31, 2014

It only took one recruiting visit for Justin Phillips to know where he needed to be.

As a junior in Pearland, Texas, the 6-foot linebacker roamed the campus of Oklahoma State and was ready to make a decision.

"I don't think he could make a wrong choice with Oklahoma State," said Tony Heath, Phillips coach at Pearland. Heath thought Phillip would fit right in the Big 12.

"I think he adapts to the Big 12 game, he can run he can cover or he can come and blitz or fill a gap."

The Pearland Oilers allowed one touchdown in the weeks of the 2013 season. Anchored by Phillips, the defensive intesity continued throughout the season.

The Oilers allowed just 60 yards rushing per game on their way to a 9-1 record. Almost one third of the total rushing yards allowed came in the team's only loss.

"(Phillips) was one of the team leaders, he did a very good job for us," Heath said.

Heath was quick to set the record straight regarding how much Phillips has grown in the last year saying the linebacker hasn't been under 200 pounds in a long time.

“He's growing up and he's a workaholic,” Heath said, adding that Phillips is doing whatever he can to contribute right away.


Hometown/school: Pearland, Texas

Position: Linebacker

Height, Weight: 5-11, 190

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