Phillips said of Tennessee, "I've always grown up just 15 minutes down the road. The tradition and the coaching prestige they have a little bit of everything there."
He added, "They want me to come to their camp this summer. We had our last spring scrimmage on Friday, and they came. Coach Adkins came to watch."
Tennessee is a school Phillips is familiar with due to his location in Knoxville. He commented, "I went to all the home games last year as a prospect. Then I went to their spring Orange and White game a few weeks ago."
"You feel special there, and it's a great organization. They just want to make you feel at home, and they do a good job of that."
Another SEC program is gaining a little interest from Phillips is Vanderbilt. Phillips said of the Commodores, "The first thing has to be academics. They have a little bit of everything. They have great academics, and they play in a great conference like the SEC."
Phillips who has visited Vanderbilt earlier this spring said of the trip, "I went to their spring scrimmage, and that was the first time I visited Vanderbilt. They want me to come to their camp this summer."
He added, "It's great. Everything you need is right there for you, and all the football players are in one area. It seems like it would be a great place to hang out, learn, and play football."
Auburn is another school after Phillips. "I like Auburn," he said. "Again it's in the SEC. They've got a great campus and environment. Also it's close to home."
One of the schools heavily recruiting Phillips is Duke.Phillips said of the Blue Devils, "Again academics ever since the recruiting process started. Then Coach Cutcliffe from Tennessee went over there, and I've always been interested in him and his coaching prestige."
Phillips said of his strengths on the field, "I think I play smart, and I use my strength to my advantage. I am more of leader by example. I'm not much of a vocal leader." He added, "I'm real excited about the season coming up. I came away from our scrimmage feeling good, and I just can't wait to get it started."