Four-star Michael Philipp (6-4, 305, 5.1) from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley is considered by many as the best offensive lineman in the Golden State for the class and of 2009. His performance at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles did nothing but enhance his status as a player.
Rivals.com National recruiting athlete said it best.
"Philipp was like a dancing bear under the big top showing off his nimbleness for the crowd," Every said. "He breezed through the agility webs like a basketball player. And then in one-on-ones he could move those feet in pass protection like no other I have seen during the Nike Camp season to date."
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High praise indeed. Like many tough competitors, Philipp is his own toughest critic.
"I think I could of done better," Philipp said of his NIKE Camp performance. "My technique and my push could have been a lot better.
Philipp plans to attend the San Bernardino County Combine in May and perhaps the USC one day camp in June. There are no other camps on his agenda at this time.
On the recruiting trail, Philipp has offers on the table from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Colorado.
Philipp was scheduled to UCLA's junior day, but wasn't able to attend and he is keeping an open mind regarding colleges at this time.
"I was supposed to go to UCLA on Saturday for junior day, but I didn't have any transportation," Phillip said. "I have been there before though, when UCLA played Oregon in basketball."
"There are so many good schools, it's hard to find the right one," Philipp said. "That's why I'm going to take my time making my decision.
"I will probably make my announcement during the US Army All-American game that I'll be playing in," Philipp said. "I like them all right now. I can't put one on the bottom of another one, but I think it is going to come down to whether I'm going to play offensive tackle and the quality of the education."