Philipp Says He's Still Open

The one local OL prospect that UCLA has offered a scholarship, Michael Philipp from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley, still maintains UCLA as one of his top schools and he talks about what his recruiting timetable looks like...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), continues to take things slow in his recruitment, with double-digit offers and nearly six months remaining until Signing Day.

"Not a whole lot has been going on because of vacation for the coaches," said Philipp. "So I'm just working out and getting stronger for my season. We should have a good season so we're working hard."

Philipp, the #2-ranked lineman in the state by Scout.com, has 10 offers, every Pac-10 school save USC and Colorado, and he's been pleased with the attention he's been receiving.

"It's been pretty cool with all of the schools who have been interested in me. I've had some really good schools offer me and schools like Notre Dame and Michigan came by and checked me out during the spring," said Philipp.

Philipp, though, continues to maintain he's not in a rush to decide.

"I'll probably decide closer to Signing Day," said Philipp. "I'm playing in the Army Game so I might decide then. I'm having a hard time deciding who my top five schools are so I don't really have a top five."

That said, Philipp did say that he's particularly interested in the in-state schools that have offered, Cal, Stanford and UCLA.

"Those are schools I know the most about, and Arizona, since my brother's went there," said Philipp. "My mom really likes the education at Stanford. Coach Harbaugh is making that a special place. Cal also is recruiting me pretty heavily and they've got some good players there from my area. And UCLA, they have a real great coaching staff, and I like Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Bob) Palcic. I went to UCLA to watch their camp and I met Stan Hasiak from Hawaii out there. We talked about playing together in college. Cal and UCLA has offered him too."

Oregon and Washington are two other schools that Philipp is looking at closely, and he's hoping to get a chance to see them.

"I want to take all five of my visits," said Philipp. "I might go to the trips outside of California since I've seen those schools."

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 this fall.


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