Off on the Wrong Foot

Although committed to Indiana, Mequon Homestead defensive end Donte Phillips is out to prove he is one of the best defensive linemen in the state of Wisconsin. Unfortunately for him, a foot injury sidelined him from Wisconsin's high school camp and cost him a chance to potentially earn a scholarship offer.

MADISON - With his college plans already set the summer leading up to his senior year at Mequon Homestead, Donte Phillips didn't plan to attend many camps in preparation for the next level.

Rather, the class of 2011 defensive lineman recruit has shifted his focus to winning a second state title in three years with the Highlanders since giving an oral commitment to Indiana last month.

"I want to have a great year," Phillips told Badger Nation. "Hopefully, I get another state ring like I did my sophomore year. I'll be the leader this year for my team. I'm looking forward to that. I've got to carry my team on my back, so I'm doing all I can right now to prepare for that."

Phillips, who had one another known offer from North Dakota, gave his verbal commit to Indiana on June 11.

"It was just a great fit for me," the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Phillips said of Indiana. "The coaches there are just great. They have a great mindset. They haven't been too great in the past, but I think they're on the right track forward. We have a great class coming in."

Though he committed to Indiana, Phillips still planned to attend a camp for in-state Wisconsin earlier this week until a foot injury he sustained the week prior sidelined him for the day.

"I was really looking forward to (the camp) to prove I'm one of the best defensive linemen in the state," said Phillips, rated a two-star prospect by "(I wanted to) just come out there and work hard for the coaches."

He hopes to be healthy enough to attend one more college camp at Michigan State July 12, but afterward, Phillips will concentrate on having a successful season in his final year with the Highlanders.

Homestead, which claimed a state title in 2008, hasn't lost a North Shore conference game in what Phillips believes is nine years.

"We want to keep our conference record intact," Phillips said. "Right now, we haven't lost a conference game in the North Shore conference in something like nine years now.

"I don't want to be the first senior class to lose a game, so I'm just really focused on that right now."

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