Like Lewis, Phillips is smallish for a linebacker, but that fits right in with the Cowboys need at the "star" linebacker position, a hybrid linebacker-safety spot on the defense. Both have really good speed. Phillips said he won't bother playing any sports in the spring, as he's going to get ready to come in and make an impression right away as a freshman.
"I want to be ready, so I'm going to do the workout they send us after signing day," Phillips said. "I want to be ready when I go up there in May."
That too would be similar to Lewis, who started the final six games of his freshman season and had 58 tackles. Lewis also picked off a pass late in the Texas A&M game to set up the winning field goal.
Phillips has that same knack for the big turnover and big play. In the Class 5A Division I state championship game against Allen, Phillips flat out took the ball away from Allen quarterback Kyler Murray as Murray was on his way to a touchdown. Instead, Phillips took it back 88 yards the other way.
"Thanks," Phillips said when complimented on the play. "It was something my team needed; I had to do something. That is what I want to do at Oklahoma State, is know when it's needed and make the big play on defense.
"I want to be successful outside of football," Phillips added when asked about what else is important to him. "I want to get that degree and be able to go get a good-paying job if I don't get to play football at the next level."
Phillips likes to relax and have fun, but his attitude of taking care of business before fun will serve him well at Oklahoma State.