But getting interaction with secondary coach Ben Strickland, defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a and offensive line coach/recruiting contact T.J. Woods, the lengthy journey was definitely worth Phillips' time.
"It went very well," Phillips told Badger Nation. "Coach Chad was very nice and I was super impressed. I got to also met Coach Woods, who is my recruiter and he said that he would be coming in on Monday to see me at school."
"I got to see the new weight room and nutrition area. I would have to say the nutrition area was probably the best one I have seen out of all the colleges and the weight room was very impressive."
Phillips made it a point to introduce himself to head coach Gary Andersen before the game and got more than he bargained for.
"I went to talk to Coach Andersen, but he was very busy since this was the first time with some of the current players' parents along with the 2013 guys and the recruits. I went to shake his hand and he said how about you come meet me in my office in 20 minutes. The one-on-one time with Coach Andersen was probably the best thing. I honestly don't know if he did that with any other recruits there. From the looks of it, I think I was the only person to come up to his office. If I am the only one to get that time with him like that, then that really says something."
Tallying 128 tackles, 34 Tackles for loss and 11 sacks to earn first team all-state honors as a junior, the 6-4, 250-pound Phillips also got to talk to one of the recruiting coordinators and got to lay out where he is in this point of his recruitment.
"I just told him that I have eight offers, but I don't have a set place that I am really loving to go," said Phillips, who has offers from Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, North Dakota, Northern Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Yale. "Everything is open to me and this was my third time coming up here, but the first with the new staff."
Phillips has recently taken visits to Iowa and Nebraska, but next for him is going to Kansas State (his early favorite) for their spring game. As far as camps, he is hoping to go to Iowa State, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas State, Stanford, Arizona State and, possibly, Wisconsin.
"I am hearing from many schools, but I respect the way Kansas State is recruiting me," he said. "I got an interest in Kansas State but if Wisconsin were to join the mix, then I would say that they would be on the same playing field as them. I love how all the Wisconsin coaches knew who I was and didn't have to look at my name tag unlike some of the other colleges, so I definitely wouldn't look away from the Wisconsin offer if it came."