After Deal gave his verbal commitment to the Badgers in June, three-star wide receiver Cameron Phillips has been hearing a lot about the Badgers, especially from his three-star tailback.
"Me and Taiwan are friends so I expect him to recruit me to Wisconsin," Phillips told Badger Nation. "He texts me about Wisconsin and whenever he see's me he gives a shout out about the Badgers. He's trying to get Chris Jones another teammate of ours and me to come on a visit with him to Wisconsin. He wants us to get to know the coaches better and just see the campus."
A 6-1, 170-pound receiver, currently ranked No.113 in the country by Fox Sports Next, Phillips doesn't mind the badgering from Deal, especially since he see's the upside of continuing to play together on the collegiate level.
"He knows that I'll do whatever is best for me but he's just telling me about what Wisconsin is going to do in the future," Phillips said. "He was saying he expects to play in the Rose Bowl and just to continue the winning tradition at Wisconsin. I do think it would be fun to go together with him to college because it definitely would make the adjustment to college life a lot easier."
Even before Deal committed to Wisconsin, the idea of the two playing college football together was on the table.
"When our recruitment started to pick up we started to get interest from some of the same schools and we started to receive some of the same offers," Phillips said. "When that started to happen we just kind of talked about what it would be like and we were saying how we could become impact players on the offense like we are now in high school."
A first-team all-conference selection last season, Phillips revealed his top five, in no particular order, of West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and Virginia in late June. Phillips has a visit set up to Virginia Tech on July 15, plans to visit West Virginia in late July and is still trying to figure out when he can visit Wisconsin.
All five schools are recruiting him equally as hard, according to Phillips, including Wisconsin wide receivers coach Chris Beatty.
"It's good between me and coach Beatty," Phillips said. "We talk on the phone at least once a week and we're still building a relationship, but he's a cool guy. He asks me how things are going with me, how my training is going, and how the team is coming along. I appreciate that and I can tell he's a genuine guy and I like talking with him. We also talk about what Wisconsin can offer and when I can come up to visit Wisconsin.
"With what I've heard from coach Beatty and from Taiwan I am interested in seeing what the campus and facilities are like. They have told me a lot of good things about Wisconsin and I'm looking forward to seeing it firsthand."
Hoping to decide before his senior season, Phillips has a set checklist of what he's looking for in his final five schools.
"I want it to be a family environment and I want to have a good relationship with the other players on the team," Phillips said. "I also am looking at the relationship between me and the coaches because I want to feel comfortable with them and if I have a problem or a question, I want to know that I will be able to approach them without a problem."
Not only is he looking to finalize his college choice, but Phillips is focused on how he can improve his game after a season where he caught 27 passes for 476 yards and seven touchdowns.
"I've just been trying to become more explosive, faster, and quicker out of my routes," Phillips said. "I've also been looking at film to see what defensive backs may do to try and slow me down as a receiver. I want to improve on my numbers from a year ago and I'm confident that I can."