Philipp Feeling Cal and the Pac-10

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley OL Michael Philipp is making the move to center this week, but every school recruiting him wants him at tackle, specifically left tackle. He has strong interest in seven schools but remains open in his recruitment. The four-star prospect is feeling Cal, and would like to officially visit the campus soon...

Michael Philipp (6-4, 316) will take a major test this week, and it is not in the classroom. With a 3.8 GPA and 1450 SAT score, he probably wishes his test were in one of his three AP classes. However, the talented standout will make the move to center this week. A tough test for the No. 8 ranked offensive tackle in the nation.

"Moving to center this week," said Philip. "[My team] needs me to help out the interior. I hope [colleges] don't try to make me a center. I'm still struggling to learn it."

He should not have to worry. Most of the top schools out West have offered him as an offensive tackle, but one conference has his attention.

"I just want the Pac-10," said Philipp. "Playing in the Pac-10 is dream of mine. But I'm not taking Colorado off my list."

Philipp says he does not have a top school but feels the most comfortable with UCLA, even calling himself a little bit of a Bruin fan. He attended the UCLA-Tennessee and UCLA-Arizona games. And he will attend this week's Bruin game against Fresno State. The fact he has attended so many UCLA games and visited the campus unofficially is the main reason for his familiarity with the Bruins.

Next thing on his agenda is narrowing his list of schools down and selecting a time and place to start making official visits.

"I have a bye coming up in two weeks," said Philipp. "I'll trip that week. But I don't know when or where. I've told Stanford and Oregon State that I want to visit officially."

He says he does not know what five schools he would visit, but he is focused on visiting schools he has not seen.

"I'm not sure if I'll trip to UCLA," said Philipp. "I've seen UCLA."

The only other colleges Philipp says he has visited unofficially are Arizona and Stanford, which he says was a long time ago.

All three schools he has visited along with Colorado are among his list of seven schools he currently favors over the rest. The other three are Oregon, Oregon State, and California.

"I like Cal a lot," said Philipp. "I like [Offensive Line] Coach [Jim] Michalczik. I like the program. I like the academics a lot. I want to get up there to visit."

All the schools in his is list of seven have offered. Philipp says he would like to stay close to home, but if the right school is far away, he has no problem going there.

"I'm trying to go to a good team," said Philip. "I want a school I'm comfortable at. I want to choose a school that I would go to even if I wasn't playing football."

Despite being qualified by most program standards, he will retake his SAT this fall to improve his 1450 score.

"I'm trying to get over 1500," said Philipp.

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