Gosh did we not just cover the story of the commit and the college that backed out? Yes we did. Yesterday it was Sammie Long of Lakes High School that we wrote about and his situation after the Washington Huskies simple filled the spot they had offered him. Catch that story here.
Today sadly we bring news that star linemen Skyler Phillips of Churchill High School has been told that Oregon State can no longer offer him the scholarship he was promised during the Summer. The same scholarship he readily accepted. And he has no idea why this happened.
“I don’t have any answers for sure. It is not my grades and not anything I did,” said Skyler.
He has a 3.15 GPA according to his Mom Kari. She was not clear on the issues and neither were the Coaches.
The situation seems to becoming an all too common one. The Beaver’s have too many offers out and apparently are not able to honor them all. At the start of the season many felt the team would be a .500 team. Then they did really well as you know.
Did they get better commits? Maybe. Are they about to land a whopper O’linemen? It very well could be that the answer to that question is the answer to why they did what they did.
When a school offers an in state kid and then pulls the plug on them it stinks. And unfortunately the appearance to other colleges is that the kid is either a grade and academic risk or a problem. He is neither.
This sort of thing is always a Black-Eye for the school. Not fun for anyone.
Is he bitter? He and his Mom say there was a lot of emotion and anger for 2 or 3 days and then it became clear the only way to go was up. So today Skyler released some the best moments he had from the season and said he is open for business.
Unlike Lakes HS Wide Reciver Sammie Long mentioned above Phillips does not have any other options. He had put all of his faith and plans in being a part of Beaver Nation. So this turn about by the Beavers hurts his chances very badly.
Because he was committed in the Summer he never felt the need to look around or attend any camps.
He was a proverbial 1 and done kid.
The 6’3″- 335 pound beast-boy was picked up by yours truly at the Nike SPARQ Combine. He was walking off the field at Tigard when we flagged him down. His numbers were astounding and he scored a 98.58 which placed him at the very top of all big men in the Nation. His 5.15 laser timed 40 was so fast for an over 300 pounder we had to know more. After further review he was invited to the Nike NFTC Camp at Oregon and there he showcased his skills and took the O’Line MVP Award.
He was whisked off to The Opening in July and went against the Nations best and the OSU offer came in right after that. He had done the impossible of going from no name to major recruit in just a couple of Weeks.
What to do now?
So what can he and his family do now? Well for starters his Film came out today! It is very good and for you Coaches watching this to know what he told us just today.
He has played 2 Years of Football in total.
What you will see on this film is a raw kid who has great feet, a killer punch, and the ability to not only block up field but to get to the second and third levels. He shows a lot of different looks here and is not just a run bull dozer or a pass blocker. He can do a whole lot of things.
His hips are explosive much like Michael Oher (Blind Side) and in a year or two he can be something spectacular to watch. There is no question he has talent and ability to play with the best.
Check Out His Film-
He also played a little defense and at 6’3″ and 340 pounds now any Coach worth his salt is going to ask “what if”. Skyler could become a two gap Nose Guard very easily. Force = Mass x Velocity and that is some Mass that can “Velocifize” very quickly (all rights reserved on Dirkism).
The Top DT In The Nation Weighs In
“For the record Skyler was one of the best if not the toughest linemen Eddie faced all year,” said Eddie Vanderdoes Senior. “We thought he was a big time talent when we saw him.”
Eddie Vanderdoes Junior came and battled against Skyler at the Nike NFTC Camp and was the D’Line MVP. Eddie “V” as he is called is now the #1 Defensive Tackle in the Nation and holds 50 plus offers. So his Father gave the big fellah from Eugene some very high praise.
He also played a little defense and at 6’3″ and 335 pounds any Coach worth his salt is going to ask “what if”. Skyler could become a two gap Nose Guard very easily. Force = Mass x Velocity and that is some Mass that can “Velocifize” very quickly (all rights reserved on Dirkism).
Now you can also see his work at The Opening thanks to our pals at the OregonLive.com Portal.
Here are the 1-1 Battles at the NFTC where some of the best from all over the US came to battle it out. Phillips and others are in here and you will see Vanderdoes in green shorts here too.
Skyler spoke to us and he does not have a lot of words usually. But he had this to say.
“I am getting in the best shape of my life. I will work non-stop for whoever recruits me and the OSU thing is behind me now. Looking ahead I know I can play with the best but I am speaking to anyone that wants to give me a shot. The Pac 12, Big Sky, and anywhere I can get back to work is fine with me,” he said maturely. “I can get much better as a player and will be an asset to anyone.”
He is right. Those moves and that size matched with his toughness on the field is a great combination.
Some schools like PSU, EWU, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, ASU, and BSU are all perfect fits some of who are reaching out for information already.
This news is just breaking so the Family is hopeful for a bounce before signing day.
With only a little more then two weeks left to National Letter of Intent Day time is short. And Phillips is in a position that many kids are in but one he sure did not expect to find himself in.
We will stay in touch on this one and keep bringing you the news and we wish Skyler the best result from this most difficult turn of events.
Go Get’em Big Man.