Philipp Still Enjoying Process

As one of the most hotly pursued offensive linemen in the West, San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp is getting his share of attention, but he's not tired at all of the process and still relatively enjoying it...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), who holds offers from nine Pac-10 schools plus Colorado, has had a slew of college coaches come by the Arroyo Valley campus in the past few weeks.

"Pretty much all of the Pac-10 schools have come by and Michigan and Notre Dame came by the school," said Philipp. "It's an honor to be looked at especially with those schools with such great prestige.

With double-digit offers, Philipp said he's trying to soak it all in, see if any other options present themselves, and take some time until he decides to start narrowing down his list.

"I'm trying to narrow my list down, but the thing is, this recruiting thing is hard. I'm still trying to figure out which schools are right for me and trying to stay open so that every school has a chance," said Philipp. "I don't have a top five right now, because it's too hard to narrow things down."

But two schools that figure prominently in Philipp's recruitment are Stanford and UCLA.

"I like those two schools a lot and they each have their own reasons," said Philipp. "Stanford has a good education and they're building something special there. UCLA has a great coaching staff with Coach (Norm) Chow, Coach (Bob) Palcic and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. And it's by my house too."

Philipp said UCLA assistant Wayne Moses, who recruits the Inland Empire for the Bruins, was the first college coach he saw this spring. Then came visits from coaches from Colorado, Cal and Stanford, as well as Michigan and Notre Dame.

"I didn't think it was going to be this big," said Philipp. "I thought I was going to have maybe one or two offers, not have so many offers like I do now. But I'd rather have it like this."

And despite the heavy attention, Philipp said he's still enjoying the whole recruiting process.

"I'm still having fun, it's a privilege to get all of these offers," said Philipp. "I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of it so I just try and stay humble."

Philipp has plans to do camps at UCLA and USC this spring and next weekend he'll be at the UnderArmour/ Combine in Los Angeles.

Academically, Philipp is maintaining a 3.8 GPA in honors classes, and has a 1310 on the SAT, which he plans to retake to boost his score.

Phillip has already been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio next January.

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