Phillips Remains Torn

It was a family reunion for Carol City free safety Kenny Phillips as he visited the University of Miami last weekend. Phillips is a player that is being sought after by every major football program in the country, but comfort is always felt at home where you know people, and that's at UM.

"It was like a family reunion last weekend for me," Phillips said of his trip to Coral Gables. "I know a lot of guys there so we were just talking about old times and stuff."

The USA Today Defensive Player of the Year has had an eventful past month.

After helping his Carol City Chiefs advance to the state semifinals before they lost to the eventual state champion Killian, Phillips, the No. 1 ranked safety in the nation, was named Defensive Player of the Year by the USA Today.

Shortly after, he took a trip to San Antonio, Texas, where he competed in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

"I had a nice time and got to meet some of the best players in the country there," Phillips said. "It was nothing like Miami. It was really cold."

He later followed that with a trip to Tennessee where he said he enjoyed himself and that comparing it to Miami is very difficult because they are quite similar.

"It's hard to compare the two because they are alike in many ways," Phillips said. "It's really the same things with both schools except for one being at home and the other being far from home."

And although Phillips' family is pulling for him to stay at home and go to UM where they will be able to see him play at home in the historic Orange Bowl, there is no pressure to go either way.

"My family would love for me to play at home," Phillips said. "But they aren't pushing me to do either. They want me to be happy and feel comfortable wherever I go."

After finishing his senior year with 84 tackles, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, four defensive touchdowns and three punt returns for touchdowns, there is one thing left for Phillips, who is fully qualified academically, to do with his career as a high school football player.

Make a decision as to which school it will be; Miami or Tennessee.

He won't give any idea as to which way school he is leaning towards, as he wants to make the right decision.

"I want to get this process over with, but I also want to make the right decision and take my time," Phillips said.

He will make that decision on signing day at Carol City High School in at a morning press conference that he expects to be covered by ESPN.

"I don't know what time it's going to be at, but they have told me ESPN will be there to cover it," Phillips said.

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