SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS- On a day where 100 of some of the nation’s top high school football players hit the field on Saturday, the biggest news didn’t come from the action on the field. While there was plenty of action packed plays during the game, the drama unfolded from the sidelines. Seven uncommitted prospects announced their commitments on Saturday but unfortunately none were to Big 12 schools. Even though the conference didn’t receive any commitments, there were some future Big 12 players that saw action on the big sage in front of a national audience. There was a total of 10 future Big 12 players in the game that were going to either OU, TCU, Texas and WVU. After the game I was able to speak with 3 future Big 12 stars about their schools.
4-Star TCU QB Commit Shawn Robinson (DeSoto, TX)
Even though Shawn Robinson didn’t take many snaps for the West squad this past Saturday, he is one of the best quarterback prospects in the country. In fact he is the best quarterback prospect in Texas for the 2017 class. That’s a big compliment considering the state of Texas is known for producing some great quarterbacks on all levels. Shawn stands at 6’2 and weighs around 215 which is a bit bigger than former TCU Trevone Boykin. Robinson is a dual threat guy that isn’t afraid to run but at the same time doesn’t rely on his legs to bail him out all the time. He has got a big time arm and what I respect most about this guy is that he is a very physical runner when he does take off. This young man has an excellent chance at seeing some 1st team snaps for the Horned Frogs in 2017. TCU fans should be thrilled to see him in Ft. Worth next season. After the game, I was able to speak to the future Horned Frog quarterback.
Q: What really sold you on the TCU program?
Shawn: “The offense sold me, just seeing how they developed Trevone Boykin. I feel like we (Boykin) have a similar game set. I feel like they can develop me into the quarterback that I want to be. I like the entire coaching staff, my relationship with coach Cumbie is great and that played a big factor.”
Q: Do you feel like you have a great chance at getting the starting job for the 2017 season?
Shawn: “Honestly I am not really worried about that right now. I am just worried about going in there and working my butt off and learning the offense as soon as possible.”
Q: What do you think of Gary Patterson as a head coach and as a person?
Shawn: “He is one of a kind and a really good guy. I know that being under his wing will help me a lot because he will keep me out of trouble and also have fun with me. That’s what makes him a really good coach. He’s one of the most prolific coaches in the business and having an opportunity to play for him is a great honor.”
3-star WVU WR Commit Mike Harley (Fort Lauderdale ,FL)
While Mike Harley isn’t the biggest receiver on the field (5’9, 160), his explosiveness more than makes up for his size. This guy is like trying to catch lighting in a bottle and has a solid pair of hands to go along with his big play ability. Even though he is only considered a 3 star prospect by most recruiting services, he has the quickness and footwork of a 5 star wide out. His footwork and instant bursts of speed is what makes Harley a dangerous weapon in the passing game. Harley is a guy that you want to get the ball in his hands no matter what. Dana Holgorson has found a gem in Florida and Mike Harley could be coming to an end zone near you in Big 12 country for 2017. After the game, I was able to catch up to the speedy WVU commit.
Q: Tell me about your commitment to West Virginia and how excited are you to head up to Morgantown?
Mike: “I committed to West Virginia comfortably and with confidence. I know that’s where I wanted to be from day one because it fit my style of play. I fit in their system 100% to come in and play as a true freshman. I am ready for it, with high school football being over with, I’m ready to fly up there in June and handle my business.”
Q: How excited are you to play for Head Coach Dana Holgorsen?
Mike: “I am very excited, he’s an exciting coach and there’s never a dull moment with him. He is straight forward and he has put receivers with my size in the league. That’s what I like about him.”
Q: Do you feel like you can have an early impact for next season?
Mike: “Most definitely. I just got to earn my stripes and I will be on the field.”
4-Star OU LB Commit Jacob Phillips (Nashville, TN)
The great Oklahoma linebacker tradition looks to continue as the Sooners have an excellent linebacker prospect in Jacob Phillips. Phillips stands at 6’3 230 and uses his size to his advantage. He is a very physical linebacker that isn’t afraid to use the hit stick and put his hands on people. Phillips was all over the field on Saturday making plays left and right going against some of the best competition in the nation. For as big as he is, he still can cover in the passing game using his long arms to deflect to passes. This is a guy that has a VERY bright future in Norman and Sooner fans should be thrilled about his commitment. It will not be long before you recognize who this kid is because he will be a playmaker for Saturdays to come. After his dominating performance, I was able to speak with the future Sooner.
Q: Tell me about your commitment to Oklahoma and what it means to you?
Jacob: “It means a lot. The opportunity to commit to a power 5 school is a wonderful blessing and I am proud.”
Q: What’s your relationship like with Head Coach Bob Stoops and what are your thoughts about playing for him?
Jacob: “I love Coach Stoops. I heard there was a poll for other head coaches on who they would want their kid to play for and he was the number one choice and I am sure they are right on that.”
Q: With the great tradition of Oklahoma linebackers, do you feel like you can be the next great Oklahoma linebacker?
Jacob: “Yes, I am confident in the blessings that God has given me and I am just ready to get to work when I get there.”
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