At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, he will make an impression right away with his stature and running ability. And Phillips said the UNC coaches told him he could have a chance to make a serious run at the position as a redshirt freshman or sophomore.
"They said when I get on campus I'll be competing, but my impression was they will try to go with [Cam] Sexton or [Joe] Dailey, and see how that turns out," Phillips said. "It's all touch and go as to who does what at spring practice.
"They said I would have to work hard and could definitely compete for a job in the future – perhaps as soon as my second year."
After ruling out Vanderbilt and Kentucky and two other schools that offered including Maryland, Phillips decided to go with the Tar Heels in mid-November.
"I thought the school was great and I liked the coaching staff I liked the atmosphere at the school," Phillips said. "UNC was a lot closer to home than Vandy and Kentucky, and overall it just fit better for me."
Phillips said he plans to enroll during the second summer session.
"I just love to compete and love to win," he said. "I'm tall and got a strong arm. I can run if I need to. I like to win and score a lot of points."
As a senior, Phillips threw for approximately 1,300 yards with 10 touchdowns through the air and added another 500 yards rushing.
"The thing that immediately stands out is his physical attributes," Spring Valley coach Jimmy Noonan said. "He has great size that you can't teach. His better years are ahead of him. UNC is getting an intelligent kid that studies and knows the game already. He'll work very hard a being competitive very early."