Described by Scout.com's recruiting analysts as athletic quarterback with an above-average arm and great touch on the ball, Phillps also displays great footwork in his drops while staying balanced throwing the ball. When passing he's able to deliver the ball quickly and with a tight spiral.
That skill set served him well as a junior as he passed for 2,201 yards with 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions, completing 138-of-217. He added 805 yards rushing with 14 touchdowns.
Physically, Phillips stands a shade over 6-foot-2 and tips the scales at 215 pounds. His best forty time is a surprising 4.6. When taken as a whole, it's why the Blue Devils offered early with schools such as East Carolina, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, and Wisconsin following suit. Still more schools such as Boston College, Indiana, Central Florida, and Wake Forest all seem close to pulling the trigger.
Such a wave of interest and offers usually signal a school trying to push for a commitment while the player is on campus. However, that didn't happen with the Blue Devils. In fact, the highly sought signal caller says the Duke approach was very well received.
"They didn't pressure me about anything. It was just a chance to sit down with Coach Vaas and Coach Roof and talk about football and the direction of the Duke program. They are very excited with how things have started out this year with recruiting and they really believe that I can be a big part of that."
After arriving on campus, Phillips and his family were treated to the usual battery of tours and meetings before slowing down. Before the meeting with Coach Roof, however, Phillips had a chance to talk with players who have been there and done that under Roof.
"While we were touring and meeting, Zack Asack and Thaddeus Lewis were with us. It was really good to hear from two guys who have played the position I play at Duke. They were both really honest and you can tell that the players fully believe in what the coaches are saying. I thought that was a big thing."
As far as the decision process goes, Phillips says he's beginning to form a plan.
"Right now I want to visit a few of the other schools, but if possible I would like to have it all behind me by the time I start my senior season."