September 21, 2011
Could the Duo Become a Trio?
The college football world is on fire with conference realignment talk and we could be on the verge of some major commitment realignment as well. The Houston Cougars continued pursuing Louisiana talent over the summer, gaining a commitment from Patterson (La) defensive back Trevon Stewart.
Not too long after Stewart committed, Houston was able to pluck away a commitment from an SEC school landing Stewart's teammate Jaydrick Declouet who plays receiver for Patterson and was previously committed to Vanderbilt. Patterson has yet another player the Cougars covet though in Rivals four-star linebacker Lorenzo Phillips.
The Cougars would love to land Phillips, who Rivals ranks as the No.14 linebacker in the nation, and current Houston commits Stewart and Declouet are doing their part to try and lure the talented Phillips away from his current commitment to the University of Florida.
"I've been telling him about their defense and how they run the same type of defense we run, how he would have the opportunity to play earlier at Houston and the fact that he can come to Houston with his two teammates", Stewart told CougarsDen. "We've all known each other since we were little kids and it's an opportunity he shouldn't pass up, we're pushing him real hard."
Stewart is very optimistic about the chances of the possible switch coming.
"I think it's going to happen," the talented defensive back said. "His dad and my dad are real close, my dad has been talking to his dad. Lorenzo's dad is working off-shore right now and when he gets back Lorenzo is going to talk to him and I think he'll have a better idea of what he'll want to do after his dad gets back and he gets a chance to talk to him."
Declouet thinks the wait could be even longer for Phillips to make his final decision, whether he sticks with Florida or makes the switch to the Cougars.
"He doesn't know what he wants to do yet, he's never really made his mind up and I think he's going to make that decision on signing day," the talented receiver told CougarsDen.
The two have been recruiting Phillips hard and would love for the trio to go to Houston together.
"They've just been telling me how it is," Phillips said. "They think it would be great for us all to be together, but they tell me that I have to do what I have to do."
According to Phillips when he and Stewart were at the UCLA game, he came away very impressed with the Cougars and the University of Houston.
"Oh yeah I did actually, If I wasn't already committed somewhere I probably would of ended up committing there," Phillips told CougarsDen.
When Phillips' father returns from off-shore they will not only talk about Houston but also look at other some other options as well.
"I'm going to have a talk with him about everything and we're going to take some more visits, probably two or three more visits but I don't know where yet," Phillips added. "Right now I'm still with Florida but I'm still trying to see what's what and see how everything works out. I'm thinking about Houston for more reasons than just my teammates. I'm looking at possible playing time and how close the school is, Houston is in the running if things don't work out, I think it would be great to play with my teammates personally but whatever happens, happens."
If the Cougars are able to land the Patterson trio this would give the Cougars their third straight recruiting class of at least three players from the same high school, last season it was Houston Lamar and the year before that it was Longview.
Talking to all three players a switch is far from guaranteed but Houston is definitely a serious player when it comes to landing Phillips. The question is not only if he switches, but if so, when?
In the mean time the Patterson trio look to continue their perfect start to the season against North Vermillion Friday. So far this season the three standouts have lead Patterson t one of the top rankings in the 3A division of Louisiana.
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