The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Phillips, a standout at Nashville Hillsboro Comp, is down to LSU, Ole Miss and the home-state Volunteers. According to Scout's Chad Simmons, Phillips will not only announce his commitment this week but also graduate from high school.
That makes this a critical time given the fact Phillips will be an early enrollee.
He took in Tennessee's campus this weekend and was in Baton Rouge for LSU's 10-7 win over then-No 3 Ole Miss on Oct. 25.
Phillips is very quick on his feet and, with his frame, could actually grow into an effective defensive tackle as a pass rusher. LSU and John Chavis, however, would almost certainly use the future Army Bowl participant as an end, able to still rush the quarterback and play more of an every-down role.
Considering the unproven nature of many of LSU's returning defensive ends, Phillips would have a chance to earn a spot in the rotation right away, too.
Senior Jermauria Rasco will depart the program after the bowl game, which is ironically being played in Phillips' hometown, and fellow starter Danielle Hunter, a junior, could well join him, bolting for the NFL Draft.
In that event the Tigers and position coach Brick Haley would have to turn to two new starters. Rising junior Tashawn Bower would be a lock for one spot and the other could see a battle between two first-year players from 2014 - Deondre Clark and Sione Teuhema.
That's about the extent of what's known, making the landscape at defensive end an attractive one for prospective recruits in 2015. The only player currently committed to the Tigers at that position is Karr's Isaiah Washington, a three-star prospect.