Phillips came to UM from Miami Carol City High School as one of the nation's most heavily recruited players and it didn't take him long to become a fixture in Miami's secondary.
Following the season opener against Florida State in 2005, Phillips went on to start the next 11 games at free safety. He finished his true freshman season with 88 tackles and one interception. As a sophomore, he finished the year with 71 tackles and four picks and was an All-ACC Academic selection. Phillips started every game as a junior this past season and finished with 82 tackles and two interceptions.
Fellow junior and defensive end Calais Campbell is also expected to declare for the draft soon.
The Canes are hoping Anthony Reddick, who missed all of 2007 with a knee injury, will fill in for Phillips next season.