"He said I was a big time player and they could help develop my skills to be the best player I can be."
Phillips, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Wayne (N.J.) DePaul, says he was excited when he received the UNC offer.
"I like the way they use their receivers," Phillips said. "Hakeem Nicks went first round [in the NFL draft] and they had two other [receivers] drafted."
Over 20 schools have offered Phillips a scholarship. Boston College, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia highlight his list of offers.
For roughly the last month, Phillips has communicated with Mogridge, UNC's area recruiter, almost every week.
Phillips says he doesn't have any favorites, but plans to assemble a list of top schools sometime over the summer. He plans to take his time with his recruitment and take most, if not all, of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.
"[I'm going to focus on] the player-coach relationships, depth chart, and the graduation rate of the football players," Phillips said.
Over the summer, Phillips figures to visit "a bunch" of schools, although he doesn't have any definite plans. He says UNC is among the schools he will try to visit during the summer months.
Phillips has only visited three schools thus far. He attended Boston College's spring game, as well as spring practices at Rutgers and Connecticut.
Phillips won a starting spot in DePaul's receiving corps as a sophomore. He ended the season with 22 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns.
Last season, Phillips' role was expanded. He not only was a receiving target, but also took 22 handoffs for 289 yards and a score, and returned kickoffs, averaging over 26 yards a return. He ended the season with 40 catches for 765 yards and ten touchdowns.