"I liked everything about it," Phillips said. "I liked the dorm room, that was the first thing I saw coming there. I walked around a little bit and I liked the atmosphere.
"I was shocked," he added. "It was the number of people here that surprised me, the stadium and all of the fans that are supportive of their teams, I liked that."
Already with an offer from Auburn, Phillips said he liked what he saw from the passing game on his visit. Known mostly for running the football last season on the way to the BCS title game, the Tigers threw the ball around in the spring and that caught his eye.
"That's what I was watching," Phillips said. "It was the passing game to see how they threw the ball and they threw the ball a lot. I like the receivers."
Coaching the receiver for the Tigers is former Auburn standout quarterback Dameyune Craig. Building a strong relationship with Craig during the recruiting process, Phillips said it was fun to see Craig back at his old school and doing well.
"I like Coach Craig," Phillips said. "He came down there one time and talked to me and coming up there he talked to me. Coming up there he told me that this is home, I didn't know that this was his home school."
Saying that he doesn't have any favorites at the moment, Phillips said he feels certain that Auburn will be in his top five when he's ready to narrow his list of favorites. With Ohio State also in the mix along with Clemson, Florida (where he was initially committed) and several others, things are just beginning to heat up for the talented receiver and the Tigers are in a good position to make a strong run for him down the stretch.