Michael Philipp Visits the Pac-10

Michael Philipp, the 6-4, 310-pound prospect from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley, the #8-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, has started the official visit phase of his recruitment, and he gives us a rundown on the schools getting visits...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), the top uncommitted offensive lineman in California, will take his second official visit this weekend, and has three more in the works.

"I'm going to Oregon this Saturday, when they play Arizona," said Philipp. "That's my second visit I've got set, and I'm going to set up the other three."

The first visit Philipp took was to Cal, doing so in October. "It went good, I went when they played Arizona State," said Philipp. "Savai'i Eselu was my host and I basically hung out with all of the Polynesian guys there."

After the visit to Oregon, Philipp will set up trips to three more Pac-10 schools. "I'm going to go to Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA, and I'm going to decide on those dates after," said Philipp. "I'm going to wait until I'm done with my visits to decide."

Philipp had initially thought about announcing his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, but now that won't happen.

"I know for sure the Oregon State and Stanford visits are going to be after the Army Game, so I'm going to wait until after the Army Game to decide," said Philipp. "UCLA will either be in December or January, too."

Those five schools, plus Arizona, round out the top schools for Philipp. "Arizona is still one of my top schools," said Philipp, whose brother is at Arizona. "I know it's kind of weird that I'm not tripping there, but I know what Arizona's all about and I know what it takes to be a Wildcat. Those are my top six, all my trip schools and Arizona, but I don't have any favorites."

Last weekend, Philipp took in the UCLA-Oregon State game. "I went to the UCLA game on Saturday and I saw (UCLA commits) Ricky Marvray and Jayson Allmond," said Philipp. "I talk to all of those guys from UCLA and then at other times I talk to the guys from Stanford, (Shayne Skov and Levine Toilolo), and it's nice to know I'm wanted. It's a good thing to be talking with them but at the end of the day, it's my decision."

Stanford has been one of the prominent schools in the mix for Philipp and he's using the day off from school today to finalize his application. "I'm actually almost done," said Philipp. "We don't have school (Veterans Day), so I'm going to finish it. If I get accepted, that's going to take a lot of weight off my shoulders and I'll be relieved to know I can actually go to Stanford."

Philipp said even with his brother at Arizona and family in SoCal he's not being pushed any particular way. "My mom is all about academics so she has the schools she likes, but she's not putting any pressure on me," said Philipp. "For me, it's all about taking those trips, and then winding up on my decision."

Philipp is also planning to take the SAT one more time, doing so in December.

Arroyo Valley stands at 4-5, but with a win on Friday night against Colton can sneak into the playoffs. "The season isn't going as good as we hoped but with the way the upsets have been going, we can still make the playoffs," said Philipp. "Then if we get into the playoffs, we all start with a clean slate."

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