"[Darrell] Blackman, the running back, was my host. He's a cool guy."
Phillips, who has offers from NC State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech among others, had favored Syracuse and Maryland before the Wolfpack visit. He has apparently narrowed his list to two programs, and NC State made the cut.
"It's going to be Syracuse or NC State," he said. "I just felt more comfortable with those two schools."
Starting at tight end and defensive end for Landstown, Phillips finished the year with 23 sacks, 33 catches and six touchdowns. He also blocked five punts and returned two of them for scores.
NC State and Syracuse are both recruiting him to play tight end. He said a decision could come within the next two weeks.
"I'm not sure right now," Phillips said. "It could come this week or next week."
NC State head coach Chuck Amato has yet to use his in-home visit, and he is scheduled to do so this week.