"Schools are looking at me for either fullback or linebacker," said Phillips, who earned first-team all-district honors in the rugged Catholic League. "Northern Illinois is recruiting me mostly as a fullback, and I think that I could be really good at that position. You get a lot of contact at fullback and I love contact.
"Louisiana-Lafayette is recruiting me as a linebacker and it wouldn't be hard for me to move to that position. There's no doubt that I'll be taking an official visit there. I attended camp at UL and Tulane and I was named best defensive lineman at the National Underclassmen Combine in Zachary."
Tulane, South Alabama, Grambling, and Louisiana Tech are among the other schools showing interest in Phillips, who boasts some good numbers in both the classroom and weight room.
"Grades are something I've never had to worry about," Phillips said. "I have a 2.9 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT. I can squat 500 pounds, bench press 325 pounds, incline press 285 pounds, and power clean 320. I ran a 4.75 at a camp this summer."
"We have a chance to go as far as we want to go," said Phillips. "Only we can stop ourselves. We're in one of the toughest districts in the state and you never know what to expect each week.
"I'm ready to face Jonah Austin (Houston commit) of St. Augustine. Last year, he got the best of me and I'm ready for the rematch."
Phillips went on to speak highly of his teammates.
"Chet Hebert is one of the hardest workers that I've ever seen. He's really good at what he does. Lawrence is a gifted player and he's easy to get along with, a very respectable person."
As a former teammate of Tech safety Chad Boyd, Phillips roots for the Bulldogs.
"I was there last year at LSU when Chad put that hit on (LSU WR) Terrance Toliver," he said. "We were some of the Tech fans that were jumping up and yelling. Our coach was joking and said that Chad should have wrapped up on that play."