Three-star tight end Paul Phillips recently took his first official visit. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder reflected on the trip as well as his recent participation in the Maryland Crab Bowl earlier this week.
"The Crab Bowl went well," he stated. "It was a really fun week of practice and I was the only true tight end there, so I was able to get a lot of playing time during the game. I actually was split out 90% of the time.
"I worked a lot with the receivers and improved my technique and route running. It definitely helped."
Phillips thoroughly enjoyed his experience in the all-star game.
"It was a lot of fun to play with the best players in Baltimore and D.C.," he said. "I got to know a lot of guys and had a really good time."
Not long ago, Phillips wrapped up his senior season where he helped Georgetown Prep to a 7-3 record.
"I'm proud of the way we did and we won more games than a lot of people expected," he said. "I finished with 28 receptions, 280-yards and two touchdowns. I got honorable mention all-metro, all-Gazette, all-state private schools and all-Sentinel."
Previously, the three-star prospect held three offers from Richmond, Indiana and Syracuse. Has the strong year and Crab Bowl improved his chances for more offers?
"I'm hearing from a couple more schools," he said. "Boston College and Virginia want to look at my Crab Bowl stuff and some of my senior year."
Meanwhile, Phillips took an official visit last week to Syracuse, his first official this year.
"It was a good experience," he stated. "I stayed with true freshman quarterback Charley Loeb. He told me how everyone is excited about the program with Coach Marrone there.
"I could tell. I think they are an up and coming program and they are going to start winning games in the Big East. I really enjoyed it a lot. I definitely learned a lot that I didn't know before. I enjoyed hanging out with the guys and everyone there is real nice."
Phillips went in further depth about the trip.
"I actually got to attend a basketball practice and Coach Boeheim talked to me for about 10 minutes," he said. "That was a cool experience.
"I also sat down with Coach Marrone. He's a really cool guy. I met him over the summer and he's a really upfront guy. He's straight and I really respect him for that. You can tell he's an up and coming coach and will win games."
The Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep prospect has no other visits set at this time.