That would be a nice offer list for most right there.
But before those, 20 other schools had already offered the 6-foot-4, 248 pound defensive lineman.
One of those early offers came from Alabama and Phillips visited there early in the new year.
People talk about Alabama's football, but the Phillips family really liked the academic support they learned a lot about during this visit.
After visiting Alabama, the Scout 300 prospect traveled back to their in-state rival.
Phillips was their for the historical Iron Bowl 2013, so this was his second trip to the plains.
"That game was crazy, everyone knows that, so I knew I liked Auburn. I got to see more of the campus this time and I really like that a lot. I sat down with Coach [Gus] Malzahn (Head coach), Coach [Rhett] Lashlee (Offensive coordinator), and Coach [Rodney] Garner (Defensive line) to talk with them too. It was a good experience and Auburn is recruiting me hard."
His third trip in 2014 went to the in-state school, Tennessee. The Nashville (Tenn.) Hillsborough star has spent many days in Knoxville.
He knows the Vols want him.
"I have been to Tennessee so many times and they always show me a lot of love. The coaches are great to me and it is great to feel like they really want me there.
"I like the family atmosphere there a lot. They have good academic support and I they have great fan support. Tennessee football has great tradition too. It is a place I am familiar with."
These three Southeastern schools appear to be in the running for Phillips, but he still wants to see more schools.
After that, he hopes to trim his list.
"I want to narrow my list down by the summer," said Phillips. "I have been writing things down about each school, the good and the bad, so I hope by the summer to have the list cut down a lot. I want to be able to focus on the certain schools better then."
A decision later in the summer is a possibility too.
"We will have to see. I would love to be able to focus on my senior year and have the pressure of recruiting overwith, but I am not sure yet. It could happen right before the season."
There is not one thing in particular Phillips is looking for in a school, he is looking for the overall perfect fit as a student-athlete.
"If I take football out of the equation, will I still want to go to that school? I am trying to picture myself at these schools and then see how I feel. I have started to take a few schools off the list, but not many yet.
"I think I will know more this summer for sure."
Phillips is the No. 19 defensive end in the country on Scout.