"I started playing football so I could win a championship ring. Then I started to get a lot of interest. At first I was really enjoying all of the attention, but after awhile answering all of the phone calls from the coaches and stuff gets a little annoying."
The Scout.com three-star prospect, who has now had in home visits from both programs' head coaches, told us about some of the positives he saw while he toured the campuses on his official visits.
Syracuse- "The players and the coaches were great at Syracuse. Coach [Greg] Robinson is a great coach to talk to and I really enjoyed spending time with him. They also built a new weight room facility that was really nice."
North Carolina State- "I liked Coach [Chuck] Amato a lot. North Carolina State seemed a lot more fun outside of all of the football stuff. It just seemed more real than my Syracuse visit."
Phillips knows what is important to him when deciding on a school, but he thinks that his decision will ultimately come down to a gut feeling.
"There are a lot of differences between the two schools, so it will be hard. I want to be comfortable outside of football and put myself in a situation to exceed on the field. I am just waiting to feel it, then I will know that I am going to decide," Phillips reported.
Starting at tight end and defensive end, Phillips finished the year with 23 sacks, 33 catches and six touchdowns. He also blocked five punts and returned two of them for scores.