Philipp Talks About Official Visit

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley's Michael Philipp, the #8-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, took an official visit to UCLA this weekend -- and it was a different kind of visit for him, one where the team had already finished its season, which gave him a great deal more time to spend with the UCLA coaches...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310) took his third official visit over the weekend, visiting UCLA.

Philipp was one of two recruits the Bruin staff brought in for the weekend, joining Ryan Taylor from Texas. And Philipp enjoyed the weekend trip.

"It went real good," said Philipp. "This was the first post-season visit I took. I got to spend more time with the coaches, so that was good."

Philipp was hosted by Kevin Prince and, while there were several players who had gone home at the conclusion of classes earlier in the week, he did spend time with quite a few more.

"Kevin Prince is a cool guy and I got along real well with him," said Philipp. "A lot of the teammates were gone for the holidays, but the guys I did hang around with, they were real cool."

Because he was on a visit with only one other recruit, Philipp's time with the coaches was at a surplus. "Actually I spent most of my time with all of them," said Philipp. "Coach (Wayne) Moses (who's recruiting him), Coach (Bob) Palcic, Coach (Norm) Chow and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, I got to spend a whole lot of time with them. We went to Coach Neuheisel's house to watch the basketball game."

Philipp remains one of UCLA's top targets on their board, a face the Bruin staff reiterated to him.

He said: "They tell me that it's obvious that they need more linemen and you need a lot of depth at those positions. They're going to try me out at tackle if I go there. They tell me they'll put the five best linemen out there. But it's just like any other school, you have to compete for a starting spot. They won't just hand it to you."

Philipp has previously visited Cal and Oregon, doing so during the season, each on a weekend a football game was hosted. "That was the biggest difference, I didn't have a game to go to but I got to spend more time with the coaches," said Philipp.

Philipp is done with visits until he returns from San Antonio, where he'll be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "I'm going up to Stanford on January 9th and then I'm going up to Oregon State on the 16th," said Philipp. "I'm pretty sure I'll go out to Arizona (unofficially) to see the coaches and spend time with my brothers."

Those six schools remain in the mix for Philipp, and no leader has emerged. "I've had in-home visits with them all," said Philipp. "I'll probably have some more when I get back."

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