BREAKING: 4-star Philipp goes black & orange

FOUR STAR HOSS Michael Philipp, a sought offensive tackle out of San Bernardino, Calif. was always headed to the Pac-10 -- the Arroyo Valley High standout had offers from Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Stanford and more -- but he surprised many, just not himself, with whom he chose on Monday. In the end it came down to an official to Corvallis. And the Beaver coaches and players simply knocked his socks off.

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), had maintained throughout his recruitment that he wanted to take all five of his visits and find the place he felt the most comfortable.

While many felt it was a Stanford-UCLA battle for Philipp, waiting in the wings for his final trip was Oregon State.

On Monday, Philipp showed the Beavers that their patience would pay off.

"I just committed to Oregon State," said Philipp. "The coaches were genuine and I was real comfortable with the players. It was the place where I felt the most comfortable."

Philipp had visited Oregon, Cal, UCLA and Stanford and had unofficially visited Arizona, yet Oregon State had the last, and oftentimes, the most crucial visit.

And it paid off.

"Latu Moala and Lyle Moevao were my hosts up there and we just talked about the adjustment you make when you go up there from California. It's far away, but it made me feel like home and I know I'll be comfortable there," said Philipp.

Philipp said the Oregon State coaches want him to come in and play early, and at left tackle, but knows nothing will be handed to him.

"If I can do it, then it's up to me, but I know I have to work hard for it," said Philipp.

Philipp said that he's not expecting to have any coaches in his home between now and Signing Day and said his mind is made up.

"I'm solid to Oregon State. I'm ready to sign. It feels good to put an end to it all. I wont have all the coaches calling. I appreciate what all of the coaches did for me. But I just felt like Oregon State is the best place and I'm confident I made the right decision."

Philipp is rated the No. 4 guard prospect in the country by Previously, he was rated as an offensive tackle as the No. 9 OT in the land.

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