The Garland Owls football program is considered one of the state’s most talented on an annual basis. In the 2007 class, the Longhorns signed national 100 prospect Malcolm Williams and on Sunday, Texas struck twice, landing commitments from defensive back/athlete Adrian Phillips and outside linebacker Tevin Jackson.
In Phillips, the Longhorns are getting one of the more versatile players in the junior class having rushed for 875 yards and nine touchdowns on 158 carries as well as catching 17 passes for 422 yards and five scores and throwing for 862 yards and five more scores in six starts for an 11-2 Owls team. Phillips added 17 tackles and one pass break up on defense and the junior put together a stellar 2008 campaign. For his efforts, the 5-11, 190-pound jack-of-all-trades was named the 10-5A Offensive Player of the Year.
While the Sooners offered Phillips at their January 24 junior day, the decision to commit to Texas was an easy one for the life long Longhorn fan.
“Tevin (Jackson) and I committed to Texas,” Phillips said. “I’ve always liked Texas. They have been my team growing up. Pretty much, when I was down there it felt like home to me. I have family down there (Austin), so it felt like home,” Phillips commented.
The hard hitting, part time safety said Texas head coach Mack Brown offered him, he thought about it for a while and committed before leaving the University of Texas campus.
“We were walking around, and Coach Bobby Kennedy told me to go talk with Coach Brown. That is when Texas offered me. I didn’t commit immediately, thought about waiting but then I did commit while I was on my visit,” Phillips said, who picked Texas over Oklahoma.
Phillips said the Texas coaches have told him he is being recruited as an athlete with defensive back or receiver being the two likely destinations.
“Texas is recruiting me as an athlete. They have told me I’ll play defensive back or receiver. I don’t know which side of the ball I will start on right now,” Phillips said.
Joining Phillips is outside linebacker Tevin Jackson. Jackson, 6-2, 198-pounds, earned 10-5A first team all-district honors in 2008 after racking up 94 tackles, eight tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries on the season.
The long armed defender has earned the reputation in the Garland area as a linebacker that can run down plays from sideline to sideline.
Like Phillips, Jackson received a scholarship offer from the Oklahoma Sooners at their January 24 junior day.