Phillips opens some eyes

Some have been saying that the first offer for Omaha (Nebr.) Millard West defensive end, Harrison Phillips, could be around the next turn. After a strong showing at the U.S. Army All-American combine that statement might be getting close to a reality.

Harrison Phillips is a name that Nebraska fans need to remember. The reason why is he might be the next 2014 in-state player to pick up an offer from Nebraska. The Omaha (Nebr.) Millard West product was in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American combine recently.

"We did the bench press in orientation on Thursday night," Phillips said. "I started there and I actually got second place out of the entire combine on the bench press. I did 185-pounds for 30 reps. I don't know how much that is. I think that my max is about 355-pounds."

Phillips said that there were a lot of disappointed people with the electronic setup to time the 40-yard dashes this past weekend. There were a few very solid times, but most were slow. Phillips said that his time was above average and thought that he tested out well beyond that. Phillips was also surprised how much weight he was carrying.

"Everyone was so upset with the electronic timing. The fastest time was 4.47 and the second best time was a 4.59, I think. Really no one was running under a 4.7 or a 4.8. I ended up running a 5.25 I think and I was definitely in the better half of all the defensive ends there, I had a 4.5 pro agility time and had a 30-inch vertical.

"I measured in at 6-foot-3 and 248.5-pounds. I had no idea that I weighed that much. I have been in the weight room a bunch trying to stack on as much weight as I possibly can and haven't stepped on a scale in a while. It seems like its healthy weight too because my numbers weren't affected too much."

After all of the testing was the time to really shine. Phillips said that he only got a number of reps in the one on ones, but won them all except for one. He had a talk with the player that beat him and said that it was pretty clear afterward why he got beat.

"We got to one on ones, they were hyping it up, and I only got six reps. They were telling me I was a top guy and wanted to see me do some reps, but you just can't give everyone else any reps. I won five out of the six reps. I spoke with the guy that beat me and he had an offer from Notre Dame, Utah, Michigan State and other schools. He was huge."

Phillips said that he was happy with the experience but more than anything it woke him up. He knows how he measures up and he knows that there is still work to do. One of the biggest things on his mind is not allowing himself to rely on size and strength in high school and get sloppy on his technique.

"I had a great experience. It was an eye opening experience," Phillips said. "I would say that it's very helpful to see who and what I am competing against in the nation. I would say that my times were pretty average and that in my one on ones that I performed pretty well.

"I definitely want to work on my feet. I am 20-pounds heavier and I need to be able to carry it better. At the college level I need to think about playing against people that are as big and as strong as I am. I need to really work on my technique and get better."

Phillips is just ramping up the travel and the activity. He knows of at least three junior days that he will be hitting for sure. There are at least three others that he's talking to either about junior days, camps or both. Two schools have said that if Phillips visits for junior day it's likely that they will offer.

"I know that I have a lot of junior days coming up. I know that I am going Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State for sure. Both Iowa and Iowa State said that they are confident they would offer on their junior day. Arizona State said that they wanted me at their junior day and want me to camp; same with Wisconsin and Northern Illinois."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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