Hans Philipp didn't really come out of nowhere, well at least he Arizona coaches knew who he was all along. They had good reason to as he is the younger brother of current Wildcat defensive tackle Paul. Hans showed up at the Big Man Camp last Saturday and left with an offer, and he also left committed, kind of.
"I went to the Big Man camp and I did really well," he said. "Coach (Mike) Stoops, Coach (Mike) Canales and Coach (Mike) Tuiasosopo all said I did well and they told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship. I knew right away that I wanted to commit and I told them that I wanted to but they told me I should go home first and then call after I talked to my family so that is what I did. Today I called and committed to Coach Stoops and he was excited."
When it comes to selecting a school it wasn't really hard for Hans. With Paul being in Tucson and Hans making many trips to the old Pueblo to see big brother, as soon as the Cats offered it was an easy decision.
"We have always talked about how nice it would be to go to the same school and play on the same team," Hans said. "I have been to Tucson a lot to see Paul and watch them play and I knew it was a place that I wanted to go play."
Big brother Paul agreed with little brother and the elder Philipp couldn't be happier about his brother's choice.
"I am so happy for him," Paul said. "We have always talked about it and now it is going to happen. I love it here and I love playing for Coach Stoops and Coach Tui and I know he will too. He is a very good football player and I am really excited that he is a Wildcat now. I can't till he gets here and on campus."
The 6-foot-1, 280 pound Hans said that he and his brother are very similar football players.
"I think Paul and I are a lot alike on the field," he said. "We are both low and quick for our size. I really like playing inside and I know that Paul does too. We both work hard and we both give it everything when we are out there."
Hans was being recruited by Arizona Offensive Coordinator Mike Canales and according to Hans he likes his lead recruiter, and the rest of the coaching staff.
"Coach Canales is a really good guy," he remarked. "I have known all of the coaches for a while now and I know they are good coaches and good guys. They have done a lot for Paul and I know that I will be taken care of when I cam down there. Coach Tui is a really good coach and he is a really funny guy. It was fun playing for him at the camp and now I will get to play for him for real."
Hans is the second public commitment for the 2007 class for the Wildcats and is also the second of the day as he joins quarterback Bryson Beirne.