Phillip Pauses His Recruitment

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp, who visited UCLA earlier this month, will finish up his official visits in January, but in the meantime, he's relishing the opportunity to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...

San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive tackle Michael Philipp (6-4, 310), has taken three official visits, and he'll take two more in January.

In the meantime, Philipp will leave this weekend for San Antonio, where he'll spend the next week practicing and playing for the West in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"This is an honor for me to be selected for the game," said Philipp. "I'm just going to go out there and show what I can do and represent my school and my family out there."

Philipp is one of the top 10 offensive tackles in the country by Scout.com, and he said the plan is for him to play tackle this week, though he may move around some.

"I just want to have a good time and I'll do whatever they need me to do," said Philipp.

And when he gets to college, he's hoping to stay at tackle.

"That's where I want to play," said Philipp. "It's where I've been playing all during high school."

When he returns from San Antonio, Philipp will spend the next two weekends taking his final two remaining official visits.

"I go up to Stanford on January 9th and then I go to Oregon State on the 16th," said Philipp. "I'm still trying to get out to Arizona for an unofficial visit and talk with the coaches again, but I've been there enough times too.

Philipp has previously visited Cal, Oregon and UCLA, and with two more visits officially scheduled, plus the pending unofficial visit, he'll have a good deal of information to go on.

"I really don't have a favorite," said Philipp. "I'm trying to take my visits to every school to see what they have to offer, and when I'm done with all of my trips, then I'll make a decision. I'm not going to decide until after all of my trips are done."

Philipp said that each of the six Pac-10 schools he's interested in have had at least one coach in for an in-home visit, and he expects to have more in-homes in January.

"It's been a fun process, and I'm not really tired of it," said Philipp. "I'm just doing all my research."


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