Iowa hosted a large group of 2014 prospects for their junior day on Sunday. One who made the drive to Iowa City was Omaha (Neb.) Millard West defensive end Harrison Phillips, who is already very familiar with the Hawkeye's campus.
"This was my fourth time there," Phillips said. "They are one of my early favorites for sure… easy top three. I think Coach [Reese] Morgan is the most personable coach.
"I got to talk to Coach Morgan for awhile and got to do a lot of stuff with the d-line group. He hadn't seen my film, so I gave him a disk. He stopped by the school on Wednesday and said to be patient, wait until after Signing Day and he'd probably come back down."
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While most junior days involve the basic campus tours, academic overviews and maybe a basketball game, Phillips and five of the other defensive linemen who were in attendance spent a part of their day learning from Morgan.
"We watched a lot of film," Phillips said. "He sat down and said,' I have an hour here, I'm going to teach you,' so we just started watching film and he showed us some nice pass rushes and good stunts to do."
The trip to Iowa was the first, but not the last, junior day for Phillips. He will come back with another one this coming weekend.
"I am going to Nebraska this weekend," Phillips said. "Coach Barney Cotton said it was really crucial I come up, so I am excited to see about that even though he said he doesn't think they are going to pull the trigger this early yet.
"There are no dates yet, but Arizona State, Iowa State, Utah State and Wisconsin all said they want me up for a junior day."
Phillips is also in the midst of an undefeated wrestling season which has already brought wins against his top five challengers in-state.