Defensive End Earns UCLA Offer

Omaha (Neb.) Millard West defensive end Harrison Phillips earned an offer from UCLA coach Angus McClure on Monday...

Omaha (Neb.) Millard West defensive end Harrison Phillips hasn't yet had his recruitment blow up, but after an excellent Stanford camp last week, that process may be beginning.

If it is, count UCLA as one of the first of that deluge, as the Bruins offered Phillips Monday morning.

"It's a big offer for me, for sure," Phillips said. "I don't have a top 5 or top list of any kind, but it definitely skyrocketed UCLA up in my recruitment."

The three-star defensive lineman said that defensive line coach Angus McClure had been in contact over the last month, and had told Phillips that the coaching staff just wanted to see him against better competition, since they weren't sure about the competition Phillips played against during the season.

Those questions were answered when Phillips performed well during the camp season, and on Monday, the offer came down.

The UCLA offer is the second Pac-12 offer for Phillips, who also was offered by Stanford. In addition to those two, Phillips boasts offers from Princeton, Yale, Duke, Harvard, and a variety of lower level schools. As you might be able to guess, academics will play a big role in his decision.

"I currently have a 3.85 GPA," Phillips said. "I only got a 25 on the ACT, though, so I'm going to have to study and retake that."

Phillips said he's not going to rush his decision, but also doesn't plan on waiting until signing day. He said there's a chance he could make a decision fairly soon, assuming the timing is right.

Right now, he has no plans to visit UCLA, since the costs of an unofficial visit might be too much to bear, but if his recruitment is still open by the time official visits are allowed, he'd like to take a trip out.

The elephant in the room is Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have not yet offered, and Phillips said that an offer from Nebraska would be a big one, but he said that's it's not necessarily the kind of thing where he'd commit to them immediately, or at all.

"I have no problem leaving Nebraska to go to school," Phillips said. "I'm not looking to leave, but if the right opportunity comes up, then I'm perfectly fine with leaving."

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