Phillips breaks it down

Harrison Phillips has steadily seen his offer total increase. A big offer for him was Kansas State, a BCS school, and they are standing out a lot for him. What else is he thinking about going into the spring?

Harrison Phillips is seeing a steady increase to his offer total and he's now nearing double-digits. The 6-foot-4 and 240-pound defensive lineman from Omaha (Nebr.) Millard West got an offer from Coach Pelini...just not the Pelini in Lincoln.

"I got an offer from Florida Atlantic the other day," Phillips said. "So that is from Carl Pelini. I am excited about it. Florida? How much better does it get than that? It's snowing here. I will be going there to visit for sure."

There is a short list of plans for the coming month. Pretty much the entire month of April is booked up with something, the first two weekends are unrelated to football all together, but the last two are solid weekend plans to get out and see a couple of schools.

"I won state this year wrestling so I am going to nationals. That is on April 6th. On April 13th I have my prom and on the following weekend that is my visit to Wisconsin. And I think that the 26th will be Kansas State.

"I definitely want to get another good look around at Kansas State and see their dorms and a few other things. I am very impressed with Kansas State and I would say that they are towards the top of my list because it feels like they really want me there."

After the month of April it's a little up in the air for Phillips. He obviously would like to get down to Florida to see things there and there is a list of camps that he would like to make as well as the summer goes along.

"So besides going to Florida there are teams on a list that I want to see, but there are no dates set in school. I want to get to as many places I can this summer for camps because where else can I get pads and go head to head with great players?

"Obviously Nebraska is right down the road so I will camp there, Iowa and Iowa State for camps and I think that I will be visiting Ohio State for sure. I heard that a lot of MAC schools show up there and I heard that there is a lot of competition. I will also go back to Arizona State."

Phillips at the moment is in season. Although he's not had an actual meet this year he's started to get recruiting attention for college track to go along with football. Phillips also mentioned that a couple of schools would be interested in him playing football and wrestling for them as well.

"I am doing track. I am throwing right now, doing shot put and discus. Both of our meets have been canceled because of weather. I am better in discus. I have hit 160-feet. The coaches think that I will break the school record of 177-feet.

"I have actually gotten some college recruiting information about track, but it's not something that I am interested in pursuing. One of the big reasons I am doing it is because I might be up for athlete of the year as a junior. I am not sure if that has ever been given out on the boys side."

While track might be enough to really keep an out of season football recruit in shape it's not enough for Phillips. He has his eyes on turning some heads this summer and he is working out multiple nights a week getting ready to test well this summer.

"Besides track I have a gym membership and I get up there five times a week. Then I also go to a place called Going Vertical which is plyometric training and speed training. It's three times a week."

There was a recent misquote about a top five list for Phillips. Phillips says that he doesn't have a top list of schools. He might have said that there were five schools standing out at the moment because of the recruiting attention he was receiving at the moment, but he says he really has to think hard about all of the schools.

"I don't have five schools that I would say that these are my top five," Phillips said. "Every school has something different to offer. I might have said at one moment there were these five schools showing me the most interest at the moment.

"I might be able to do a top 10 list, but that is just listing schools. I am really trying to take to heart the relationships that I am building with these coaches at these schools and the academic side before I come out with a top five."

Recently Nebraska picked up their first commitment of the 2014 class when Luke Gifford from Lincoln (Nebr.) Southeast joined the class. Phillips says that he knows all of the coaches he has spoken with liked his film and he was told to come into camp and work hard for that offer.

"At Nebraska's junior day that both the defensive line coach and the defensive coordinator liked my film. They sent it over to Coach Bo Pelini, but that is the last thing I had heard.

"Luke Gifford was offered a scholarship and I emailed them and asked them what I needed to do to get a Nebraska offer. They said that Coach Pelini saw my film and asked if I could come to camp and impress them at camp.

"It's a little discouraging because I can't control how I am going to perform and if I am hurt will that hurt my chances at an offer? I would like to say that I am going to be healthy and turn the motor on when I get there."

Another reason for wanting to get to Lincoln beyond showing off his abilities was to get a chance to sit down with some more of the coaches. Phillips says that despite being in Lincoln a number of times there are some coaches that he's just not had an opportunity to really meet with for one reason or another.

"I have never had a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Bo Pelini. I have visited three or four times and never had a one on one. We had a 'Hi Harrison' and 'Hi Coach' type thing so I definitely want to get that relationship started with him.

"I am not too familiar with the strength and conditioning coaches either. I am tight with Coach Rick Kaczenski and Coach Barney Cotton. Meeting with the other coaches at Nebraska is something that is at the top of my list to do."

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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