"When Coach (Kirk) Ferentz came to talk to me, that made the trip to hear all the wonderful things he had to say about me," the Omaha defensive end said. "We talked for 15-20 minutes. It was great."
"I did not get offered a scholarship tonight but they only had positive things to say," Phillips said. "(Ferentz) said that I'm the perfect fit for their program. He said he loved everything about me; my film; my wrestling abilities. He liked that I'm a three-sport athlete. He just kept saying that I'd be a perfect fit in their program. He said patience is the only thing I need."
Iowa told Phillips that they're still sifting through defensive linemen on its recruiting board.
"They said they have between 16-19 scholarships (to give out in the 2014 Class)," Phillips said. "They said they do need help on the defensive line but they're still evaluating. They said they will know after spring. They just asked that I be patient."
Phillips watched Iowa practice. He imagined himself as a Hawkeye.
"I was focusing on the offensive and defensive line and how Coach (Reese)Morgan was coaching," Phillips said. "I could definitely see myself fitting in. The way they scrimmaged and went at it, it got me amped up and I wanted to get out there. I could definitely see myself following some of the greats that have been through the program."
Phillips, who plays at Millard West High, is coming off of a junior season that saw him collect 115 total tackles (80 unassisted and 35 assisted) including 35 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 16 pass break ups.
Wisconsin will play host to Phillips at its spring game on Saturday. A week later, he's expected to be at Kansas State's spring game. On May 4, he'll attend a regional combine in Chicago.
"I'm kind of waiting to see what schools end up offering here before summer and then go to their camps," Phillips said. "Hopefully I'll have a decision sometime after that."
Phillips said he will camp at Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State and Stanford. He'll participate in an event Northwestern this summer that will include scouts from a number of schools interested in his services.