Phillips deeply impressed by ASU's Junior Day

Harrison Phillips has already been to a few Junior Day events at BCS conference schools, and as it stands right now the 2014 defensive lineman's experience in Tempe this past weekend has set the bar in terms of unofficial visits in this recruiting cycle.

"It was by far the most impressive Junior day I have been to," Phillips said. "I got to tour the campus and the dorms, got to see highlight films and meet with the position coaches. Had an amazing lunch at Raising Cane's. Just seeing everything and talking to all the coaches made everything clear about the program. Everything really made an impact on me. You can tell that everyone was really family oriented.

While the Omaha Millard West defensive lineman didn't leave Tempe with an offer, Phillips was anything but discouraged based on the feedback he had received.

"The thing that impressed me the most is how much they were interested in me," Phillips noted. "Obviously, if they invite you to Junior day it means that they like you as a player. They haven't offered me yet, but they said that everything will work out as far as that and that patience will solve everything.

"So this is just the process I need to go through and I just need to let everything work out and not be worried about it. I know they are true to their word and not blowing smoke."

During his visit Phillips met with Head Coach Todd Graham and Defensive Coordinator Paul Randolph. Both pointed out the lineman's attributes and how they are benefiting him.

"Coach Randolph said that he loves my motor," Philips remarked, "my size and he also commented that he could tell that I wanted to be a football player and maximize my goals as much as I can because I'm a hard worker. He was very impressed with my game film and can't wait to show it to Coach Graham next week.

"Coach Graham that I have the determination and the discipline to be a good player and that they are very interested in me."

As a junior the 6-4 240-pound Harrison Phillips 115 total tackles (80 unassisted and 35 assisted) including 35 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 16 pass break ups. North Dakota State, Ohio and South Dakota State are his only offers to date.

Phillips attended Junior Day events at Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and a Junior Day at Kansas State is next on his list this weekend. The lineman feels that Iowa, Iowa State, Yale, Duke and Pennsylvania could be extending offers in the future.

"I always go after the ball and work hard at doing that," Phillips described his skills. "The ball is never too far away from me to go and get it and I will chase it down every time. I have good flexibility and length which really helps me get off of blocks and make tackles.

"My speed is something I need to work on. If I had to run in a straight line I wouldn't be the first one to win the race, but that's not football to me but I know that means a lot to other people. Coach Randolph said that when he turns on my film I close on the ball faster than any other (defensive lineman) they are looking at."

Playing at a school far from home isn't something that Phillips is ruling out as he goes through the recruiting process, as he knows that there are benefits to playing away from home as they are playing close to home.

"I don't have a need to play close to home or have a need to play away from home," Phillips commented, "and I know my parents will come and see me every single game no matter where it is. My Mom loves it here at Arizona State and has friends that live nearby. She said that Coach Randolph is one of his favorite line coaches and during his speech (on the visit) she cried.

"Academics are very important to me and we spent a lot of time on the visit talking about The Barrett Honors College and that is something that is very prestigious. So academics, coaching staff and getting along with the players are the main thing I'm looking for in a school."


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