O-Lineman Collecting Offers

The #10-ranked offensive tackle in the nation for 2009, 6-4, 300-pound Michael Philipp from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley, adds a couple of more Pac-10 scholarship offers to his growing list...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 300) continues to rack up scholarship offers, with two more Pac-10 schools having extended offers to Philipp.

"UCLA and Washington have been the most recent schools to offer me," said Philipp. "And Cal has been talking to me a lot and I think they're going to be offering me soon."

The Huskies and Bruins join offers to Philipp from Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and Colorado and Arizona State. "I'm still taking a look at things and I'll say I'm wide open. I like Stanford, since I took my visit up there, but I have no favorite right now. Every school that has offered me is a good school, so it's hard to narrow it down."

Philipp was at Stanford's Junior Day last month, and enjoyed his trip to Palo Alto. "It was really nice, I loved it," said Philipp. "I loved the campus, I loved everything about it. I was talking with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh a lot. He's a real funny guy. I also talked a lot with Coach Dalman and spent most of my time with Coach Drevno. He's the main one recruiting me."

Philipp has also taken an unofficial visit to UCLA. "I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Norm) Chow and we had good conversations. Coach Neuheisel is funny. Coach (Wayne) Moses is the one recruiting me for UCLA. I'm pretty sure I'll go to one of their practices."

This weekend, Philipp will be in Tucson when he takes an unofficial visit to Arizona for the Wildcats' spring game. The Cats have an advantage, given that his brother Hans is a defensive lineman there. "I'm looking forward to going out there and seeing my brother this weekend," said Philipp. "I'm hoping to talk a lot with the coaches, too."

Philipp said when factoring in his decision, the coaching staff will be a big part of his process. "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."

But academics are the key for Philipp, who has a 3.8 GPA in honors classes, and has a 1310 on the SAT, which he plans to retake to boost his score.

Next weekend, Philipp will be at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and then in May, he'll be at the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine at the Home Depot Center.

Last week, Philipp received some big news when he was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio next January.

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