Stanford gave Harrison Phillips two days and three practices to earn a scholarship at its camp. The Millard West star did get the offer and Monday, he announced on Twitter that he’d committed to the Cardinal over offers from Nebraska, Kansas State and UCLA, among others.
“I have officially committed to Stanford! I love the staff, recruits, and the success on the field and in the classroom. #NerdNation” read Phillips Twitter feed.
In an interview with the World-Herald before the announcement, Phillips said “the deciding factor” in Stanford’s favor was the strength of its education.
“The weight of a degree from Stanford is phenomenal,” Phillips said. “Stanford’s the best academic school west of the Mississippi River. That’s something you can’t look past, for sure. The campus is gorgeous. It’s 13 miles from the ocean.”
The Huskers finished tied for second with Kansas State in Phillips’ top three. The Wildcats had recruited Phillips the hardest and longest, especially coach Bill Snyder, with whom Phillips said he had “15-20 conversations.”
“The hardest phone call I had to make was to Coach Snyder,” said Phillips, who at the time of the interview had yet to reach Nebraska coach Bo Pelini.
Nebraska offered Phillips last, two weeks after he camped in Lincoln for one day. NU coach Bo Pelini recruited Phillips as an athlete who could play a variety of positions. At Stanford, Phillips is set to be a 3-4 defensive end, or “5 technique,” who lines up on the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. Phillips often played that position last year at Millard West, where the All-Nebraska player finished with 81 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 11 sacks last year.
Phillips made a point to say that NU’s done a good job of recruiting in-state players. But he also said that “if Nebraska had offered me six months ago, I probably wouldn’t have made that trip to Stanford in the first place.”
But NU didn’t. So Phillips took the trip. And he’ll attend Stanford.
More to come.