“It was a wild and crazy experience to see all the fans and see one of the greatest environments that college has to offer,” the 2017 Olentangy Orange quarterback said. “The best part was just seeing all the fans going crazy and seeing how much they get into.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore has been starting for two seasons and has been on the Michigan State radar, especially after camping this summer.
His area recruiting coordinator, linebackers coach Mike Tressel, stopped by the school and invited him up for a game. It was just a bonus that it came against his hometown Ohio State, a school that has not shown him much attention at all.
“The decision to come up to this game was quite easy,” he said. “I live in Columbus right next to Ohio State. They’re not showing any interest and it’s great to see a school that is showing interest in you and wants to see you. It’s great to see them have a shot at a team that you’re having hard feelings for.”
He said he has been getting decent communication from Michigan State, even more so given he is just a sophomore at this point. On Saturday, he got a bigger look into the program in East Lansing.
The visit started in MSU’s indoor facility before heading into campus for more of the game day experience, despite the cooler weather.
”We walked around campus and walked around some fans like their players do before they walk into the stadium,” he said. “It was cool to see the atmosphere with people tailgating. They want you to come here so when they see a recruit, one guy said ‘Come here, it’s warm sometimes.’ That was pretty comical.”
He also had a chance to talk with some coaches and liked the feel around the program.
”I liked that it is a family based program,” Phillis said. “Coach Dantonio speaks about family and how they cherish one another. That was pretty cool.”
He then got to see what he said was an impressive offensive performance, including the play of quarterback Connor Cook.
“I like how they’re not afraid to run him,” he said. “Going back to the Michigan game when he ran over one of their safeties. I like how they’re not afraid to use him as a running threat.”
He paid a visit to Purdue when the Boilermakers hosted Michigan State on Oct. 12.
“I was very impressed with the way Coach Hazell ran things before the game,” he said. “He talked before the game and it was impressive how he runs his program.”