There's no question college programs have interest in Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead defensive tackle Donte Phillips - more than a dozen stopped by his school this spring - but the 6-2, 255-pound prospect would like to see his offer totals increase from the two he holds now. He will look to the summer camp scene as a means to achieve that goal.
"There's been a lot of schools coming by," Phillips said. "For the most part, the bigger schools want to see me at their camp for a day and see how I compete."
Phillips rattled off a long list of college coaching staffs he had seen come through his school this spring, including Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Indiana, Louisville, Northern Iowa, Washington State, Central Michigan and Northern Illinois.
Indiana and North Dakota have already extended offers to Phillips, and the most recent one from the Hoosiers he feels has sparked increased interest from other BCS Conference programs.
"Indiana offered me two weeks ago, and since then a lot of schools have been picking up their interest and talking about offering soon," Phillips said. "Minnesota has really been showing a lot of interest. Coach [Tim] Davis actually came by today and I ran into him. Also, Coach [Kevin] Cosgrove and I have been staying in contact. They just want to check me out at camp and they think I will be a great prospect for them.
"Michigan State… we have been in contact and the whole staff likes that I am athletic and can play multiple positions on the d-line. They also like how I work hard in the weight room and am a leader for my team. They just want to see me at a one-day camp and see how I compete."
Camps that Phillips knows he will attend this summer include ones at Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan State and Ball State.
"I'm pretty much going to show that I compete and work hard and don't back down from a challenge," Phillips said. "I'm going out there to really feel [these schools] out too and see where I can compete and go to school for four or five years."