Harrison Phillips recently sat in the office of legendary coach Bill Snyder during a Kansas State visit. The one-one-one meeting turned out to be the highlight of the defensive lineman's athletics career.
"To hear him tell me that he wanted me to play for him, that's a great feeling to have," Phillips said. "That was better than when I won my two state titles in wrestling. It was hard not to commit. There are so many emotions going on when you get that offer."
The 6-foot-4, 249-pound Phillips wants to get another look at the K-State campus and meet with some of the players before deciding if Manhattan is the place for him. That leaves the door open for other schools to win him over with an offer.
"I don't want to go commit right now to get it over with," the Millard West High (Omaha, NE) junior said. "I'm not quite there yet. At the same time, I'm not looking to have a big old national signing day thing. I'm going to pull the trigger when I'm ready."
Phillips also reports scholarship offers from Ohio, North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
"I have a top five (schools) that I feel are reasonable and logical," he said. "If those five schools offer me, I don't know what I'm going to do."
In no particular order, Arizona State, Kansas State, Iowa, Iowa State and Nebraska sit in Phillips' Top 5. He has attended, or will be attending, junior days at all of them. He's very familiar with the Hawkeyes.
"They were my No. 1 school for a while," Phillips said. "I visited four or five times. I went to two games. I went to junior day. I love it up there.
"My biggest thing, what I love about Iowa, is that the strength and conditioning staff is incredible. Look at all the players they have in the NFL. They have a lot of success in doing that."
The Phillips-Iowa relationship kicked off at a camp in Iowa City last summer. He said he has been talking with Hawkeyes assistant Reese Morgan about once a week since that time.
"He was out of the office when I just called him," Phillips said Thursday night. "He told me when they all come back in the office, that the whole defensive staff is going to sit down and watch my film. As of right now, he's the only one that has watched my film.
"He said that I'm right on track. Iowa doesn't do anything super fast. They're not throwing out offers all over the place."
While Phillips wishes he had a Hawkeye offer at this point, he's been pleased by the process with them.
"(Morgan is) being honest with me, being black and white," Phillips said. "He knows that I have a great feel for Iowa. He knows that I enjoy Iowa. He knows about my morals and my faith. I'm sitting pretty good, I feel. I guess whatever happens is supposed to happen."
Phillips also has a good idea for where he stands with the home-state Huskers.
"They told me that if I want an offer from them I need perform absolutely amazing at their camp and awe them," he said. "That's just the way they do it. They're very selective with the defensive ends they said.
"I am going to some (summer) camps. I do not know if I'm going to camp at Nebraska."
Phillips also stands out on the Millard West track team, where he's positioned to break the school record in the discus this spring. He also puts the shot.
"I want to be a football coach when I'm done playing," he said. "I think something in medicine, like physical therapy, sports medicine, training (will be his college major)."