"I was planning on taking my father and my uncle on the trip just because they wanted a taste of what the recruiting process was on official trips," related Phillips. "I made it very clear to the Cincinnati coaches that they didn't need to bother offering me a scholarship because I didn't want one. BYU is the only scholarship offer I need since that's the school I'm signing with."
Cincinnati's new head football coach Butch Jones had been recruiting him while he was head coach at Central Michigan and contacted Phillips soon after being named to head the Bearcat coaching staff. Phillips felt that he would take the trip to Cincinnati to show respect to Jones for the interest along with treating both his father and his uncle.
"I really didn't think it was that big of a deal until I saw some of the reactions," he said regarding his plans to trip to Cincinnati. "I'm obviously new at the recruiting process, but I've come to learn that showing respect and holding true to the commitment you made is much more important than taking a trip. I honestly didn't think my trip to Cincinnati was a big deal, but it's so much more important to me to show the BYU coaching staff of just how committed I am to them and to their program."
Phillips informed both the Cincinnati and BYU coaching staffs earlier today of his plans not to take an official trip to Cincinnati.
"The Cincinnati staff obviously wanted me to come, but they said that they respected my decision," he related. "Coach Mendenhall let me know of just how much of an honor it was to him that I was holding strong to my commitment. I've made so many friends at BYU and my commitment has grown stronger and I know I can live the ideals that BYU has. The most important thing for me is to hold true to my commitment to them and for the opportunity they've given me to play football and to attend school there."
So are his father and Uncle disappointed that he's not taking the trip and thereby not giving them the opportunity to experience seeing the recruiting process up close?
"Not at all, they couldn't be more proud of me," answered Phillips. "They both told me that this is one of the most mature things they've ever seen me do and that feels great. My whole family has become strongly convinced that BYU is the best place for me and everyone respects my decision to go there. I'm doing the right things and that's what is important and it's certainly more important than taking a trip to a school that I have no intentions of signing with."