Wisconsin will have nine scholarship receivers on its 2019 roster (that number doesn’t include the embattled Quintez Cephus) and only one senior in A.J. Taylor. UW is also bringing in Stephan Bracey on scholarship, so Phillips will not be asked to rush in right away and contribute. It’s part of the reason why UW offered him the preferred walk-on offer, as receivers coach Ted Gilmore already has a ton of scholarship players but recognized that Phillips was too good to pass on.
With 17 scholarship players already in the class and all the scholarships already slotted for Badgers receivers, the staff is likely done at the position unless a monumental player comes along.
This is a quality kid from a great family, so there are zero character or academic concerns. Phillips is a hard worker, with a great attitude, and he’s going to get everything out of the talent he holds. He will practice hard and compete every day to get back to full health. IMG Academy doesn’t take marginal players in their program, and they were thrilled to get him. He looked good before the injury, and now it’s just a question of doing the work and seeing how his knee responds. This is a good get for Wisconsin. – 247sports’ Bill Greene
“It was a really tough road. It was really stressful. It sucked, losing all those offers, but it gave me a better mindset and made me a better person overall. I have a lot to prove and I can’t wait to show that at Wisconsin.” – Phillips to 247sports
It’d be interesting to see where Phillips would have developed at IMG and how much his offer list would have grown with all the interest playing in that program would have generated for him. Phillips is walking into a good situation at Wisconsin, a program with a lot of depth at receiver that will allow him to necessary time to finish his rehab and get back into physical shape. He told 247sports he’ll enroll in the spring and that he’s getting close to 100 percent, a perfect situation for him.
This is a perfect risk-reward situation for Wisconsin to take a chance on a scholarship-worthy prospect with high-end talent. Bottom line, UW is getting a steal of a deal.