Philipp Sticks at Six

Four-star OL Michael Philipp, a big target for Stanford in 2009 both literally and figuratively, just got back from his official Stanford visit and gave The Bootleg the latest details. Has he been able to narrow down his top-six and what big news did he get on his official visit? Read on!

Philipp Sticks at Six 

Michael Philipp is's No. 8 OT in the country, a senior four-star prospect out of San Bernardino, Calif.'s Arroyo Valley HS. The 6-4, 316-pound Philipp took an official visit to Stanford this weekend, and he tells The Bootleg he enjoyed the trip.

"The trip went well," he said. "I bonded with a lot of the guys already committed and built rapport with a lot of players."

Philipp said he, his mother, his brother and his brother's girlfriend made the trek up Interstate 5 late Thursday night, arriving in Palo Alto at 4 or 5 a.m. Friday morning. Once in Palo Alto, Philipp spent plenty of time bonding with the team, particularly his hosts, DT Matt Masifilo and QB Tavita Pritchard.

"Those guys are all cool," he said. "I got along with the players well. They're hard workers."

The Stanford staff also made sure that Philipp was toured around The Farm on his penultimate official visit.

"They showed us around the campus and all the good stuff," Philipp said. "The strength and conditioning equipment is cool. Coach Turley showed us the weight room - that was cool. We met with position coaches, and went through an OL meeting: how they'd do it and how they'd watch film."

The OL meeting seemed especially fruitful for Cardinal recruiters, as it allowed Philipp to envision himself fitting into Stanford's offense.

"Coach Dalman runs more of a speed-type offense, Philipp said. "He doesn't want just a big, powerful guard. He wants a guard that can move. I like that offense."

Three other moments from Philipp's visit bear mentioning.

The first was coincidental. Philipp's brother went into the gym Saturday and what he reported back to Michael left a lasting impression.

"I'm pretty sure on Saturday it was a voluntary workout in the weight room: you don't have to go, or you can go in there alone," Michael Philipp said. "But my brother said he went in and the whole team was doing extra work. It's cool to see how hard the whole team worked. It's really a big thing for me to see how bad they wanted it. They're all humble dudes."

The second moment of note was hardly an accident, but a result of years of hard work.

"I got accepted on Saturday," Philipp said. "Coach Harbaugh, right before one of the speeches, came and told me and my family. I was so happy, just relieved at first. Just getting admitted: it's good to know that all that hard work paid off.

"I didn't know how to react. It's a big, big accomplishment. My mom was thankful for it."

And finally, on a lighter note, there was a laser tag trip. Players versus coaches. How'd you do, Michael Philipp?

"It was kind of cool," said Philipp. "The players won. We killed 'em."

Laser tag notwithstanding (And how do the coaches lose to a team with a 316-pound, 6-foot-4 kid? Seems like he'd present a pretty good target.), Philipp insists he ends the weekend where he began it - with a list of six suitors.

"I'm still not sure and still haven't narrowed it down," he said. "I have a top six of Arizona, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, Oregon and Oregon State."

While Philipp displayed an impressive ability list his six favorites in perfect south-to-north order, The Bootleg wondered if he had any other ordering of the schools, whether he had a favorite.

"Not right now," said Philipp. "That's why I'm going to take one last trip to Oregon State and we'll see from there."

Philipp visited Arizona on his own and, after this upcoming weekend, will have taken official visits to his five other favorites. He says the coaching staff and a good education will be key criteria when he does try to make a decision, which he aims to do as soon as possible after his visit to Corvallis, Ore.

"After my OSU trip, I'll either start narrowing it down, or if I can make a decision right there, I will," Philipp reports. "Whenever I can make it, I'll make it."

As Michael Philipp does near a decision, stay tuned to TheBootleg for all the latest and hopefully greatest.

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