Phillips' Stock On the Rise

One of the top defensive players in the state's 2011 recruiting class, Mequon Homestead defensive tackle Donte Phillips has turned plenty of heads already with his performance at the Army Junior All-American Combine.

MADISON - Junior defensive tackle and Homestead High (Wis.) Donte Phillips isn't favoring any school this early in the process, but likes everything Wisconsin has to offer so far.

"Wisconsin is a great school, great academics, a great coaching staff, they improve every year, and it's close to home," Phillips told Badger Nation.

The interest in Phillips has mostly come from the Big Ten conference and a couple of scatter schools. He has received the most interest from schools such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Ball State. Phillips has been trying to get in as many visits as possible but has to be picky because he knows he can't attend all of them.

"I went to Michigan's Junior Day and I have invites to Syracuse, Indiana, Louisville, and Wisconsin" said Phillips. "I am not sure where I am all going to go yet."

Phillips' dedication and passion for the game has shown through several examples. Last season he fractured a bone in his hand in the fourth game of the season but instead of sitting out and letting it heal, Phillips played the rest of season and in to the playoffs before his team lost in the second round. This offseason, he has been working out six days a week along with doing yoga and he has been trying to attend as many combines as he possibly can.

Phillips work and dedications comes through the attributes he feels separates him from the rest of the recruits at his position.

"I'm improving on my speed off the ball and playing fast with an intense motor," he said. "I never stop and I make sure the other team knows that they can't stop me."

Phillips' plans for the upcoming months are to keep working out and he knows the evaluation period is rapidly approaching; an important time for him to get his first offer.

Phillips feels he is the right fit for the defensive scheme that Wisconsin runs. He loves to analyze film and always wants to be a resource or someone that his teammates can go to and rely on both on and off the field.

"I am looking forward to becoming a better player and making the right decision, so I am not in any hurry," Phillips said. "When I am at my comfort level, that will be my pick and I won't change my mind."

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