"It went good," said Phillips. "I had a great visit. I got to sit down and talk with coach Doeren about things, and then I also got to hang out with some of their guys.
"That really stood out to me. It's a family bond there. They all stick together, everyone talks to one another."
A two-way standout for Pelion, Phillips could play wide receiver or safety if he picks NC State. Where does he think he'll end up in college?
"Coach Doeren actually gave me the option of playing either," he said. "I'm more of a defensive guy though. The way I see it, there are a lot of 6'2 guys running 4.5 at wide receiver but I don't think there are at safety. I think I can have more of an impact there."
Phillips indicated prior to the visit that there was a chance he could commit while in Raleigh, but he didn't make a decision.
"I want to be sure when I do it," he stated. "When I commit somewhere I want it to be my word. I don't want to do it and then look around again.
"Coach Doeren said he understood where I was coming from and he felt the same way about it. He said when a guy commits he wants it to be final too."
Phillips, who also claims offers from North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Charlotte, said he has two leaders.
"NC State and Wake Forest," he said. "You can tell they both really want me. They talk to me whenever they can, and they are recruiting me the hardest. Plus, they are upfront with me about everything."
A very good student, Phillips is on track to enroll early at the college of his choice. Because of that, he knows he can't extend his decision into 2015.
"I think I want to do it before this summer," he said. "When the summer starts I want to be fully committed so I can focus on my team and not worry about taking a bunch of visits."