OL Prospect Philipp On UCLA Visit

Michael Philipp, the 6-4, 300-pound offensive line prospect from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley, who has some impressive scholarship offers, talked about his unofficial visit to UCLA's campus Saturday, meeting and talking with the coaches, and his opinion of UCLA...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 300) was one of the four recruits UCLA hosted for an unofficial visit last Saturday.

"I took an unofficial to UCLA on Saturday for the basketball game," said Philipp. "They haven't offered me but that's what it sounded like, that they were going to. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel was telling me, ‘UCLA is the school for you,' and he's a good guy. My mom really liked him too. He wants to keep in touch with the family. I got to meet Coach (Bob) Palcic real quickly but didn't really get to talk to him. I talked mostly with Coach (Wayne) Moses. He was showing us around."

For Philipp, it was his first time taking an extensive visit of the campus, but he's not a stranger to the Bruin program. "I was around the football team when I was young because my cousin Stephen Sua played there with DeShaun Foster," said Philipp. "I'm hoping that UCLA offers me."

In fact, Philipp is no stranger to the Pac-10, with two of his older brothers, Paul and Hans, playing football at Arizona.

So, is the potential of playing with his brothers a factor? "I'd love to play with my brothers at Arizona, but I'm not going to let that make my decision," said Philipp. "I don't really have a list of favorites. I'm just looking for a school with a good education and a good football program. Right now, the Pac-10 suits me best, but I'm open to go wherever I think is the right school for me."

Philipp had offers from Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Colorado, and then Arizona State became the latest school to throw their hat in the ring when they offered him on Tuesday.

"I'm also getting letters from Washington, Michigan State and Georgia," said Philipp. "Notre Dame also came by the school, but of course, it was on a day I missed school because I was sick."

Missing school, though, isn't a common occurrence for Philipp, who excels in the classroom. "Academics are a big part of my decision," said Philipp. "I have a 3.8 GPA and all of my core classes are honors classes. I scored a 1310 on the SAT, but I'm going to take it again. Stanford told me to get it a little higher."

This weekend, Phillip will get to see Stanford up close when he visits Palo Alto for the Cardinal Junior Day. "I'm going up with my mom to see the school," said Philipp. "I really like their academics, and I really like Coach Drevno, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Dahlman."

With two brothers at Arizona and his oldest brother having played at Southern Illinois, Philipp knows what the recruiting process entails.

"My brother Mark played at Southern Illinois so he tells me how the schedule is going to go and how early you have to be up and ready to work out to make it in college," said Philipp. "All of my brothers have been really helpful. I'm enjoying it right now. I really appreciate every offer. I'm going to take some time, take some visits, see what school is best for me."

Phillip has played left tackle the past two seasons for Arroyo Valley and, while he might from a size standpoint be more suited for the inside, he'd prefer to stay at tackle.

"That's the big question I ask," said Philipp. "I want to play tackle and so far all of the schools are recruiting me as a tackle. I know that some might want to make me a guard, but I'm making sure I can play tackle. I don't compare myself to anyone, I just play offense. I've been playing offense, my brothers play defense and that's how I got better, playing against them. With my brother Hans at Arizona, we'd go one-on-one. He gets me most of the time but I win a couple of them. That's how we got better."

Philipp said that aside from academics, a few other factors will go into his decision. "I want to play for a good offensive line coach that I know has sent other players off to the league," said Philipp. "It's important to play for coaches that know what they're talking about. And I want to go to a team that can win."

Philipp said he planned to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles in May, the Los Angeles Nike Camp and camps at UCLA and USC.

He's coming off a junior year in which he was named all-San Andreas League, all-San Bernardino County and all-state underclass.


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