San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley four-star offensive guard Michael Philipp was recently promoted to the nation's top offensive guard, but the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Philipp says he's also just as comfortable playing tackle.
And that might be something that plays a big role in his recruitment.
"I'm looking to play at the school that's going to play me at left tackle," he said. "I want to make sure I play left tackle. I know some schools want me as guard. I also want a good education.
"I just feel comfortable at left tackle. If it wasn't for left tackle then my next position would be left guard. I feel comfortable on the left. I feel like my specialty is pass blocking, and I feel like I could block the quarterback on the left."
At this point, he's really excited about everybody on his list and most schools seem willing to give the nation's No. 37 player a shot at playing tackle.
"They're pretty much all even," he said. "They're all good schools. I talk a lot to coach Mike Cavanaugh from Oregon State, coach Tom Osborne for Oregon, coach Tim Drevino at Stanford and coach Wayne Moses for UCLA. I really like coach Cavanaugh. Throughout his career he was in Hawaii with the Polynesians. He knows how to relate well with us."
But at this point, Philipp isn't ruling anybody at. It does, though, look like it'll be tough to get him out of the Pac 10.
"The Pac 10 that's my favorite conference, but I'm still open for other schools like Colorado in the Big 12," he said. "I grew up in California, and I like the Pac 10 conference. It would be real hard to make a decision now. I'm going to take all my trips. I've still have to decide what schools I'm going to trip to. The school I find to be the most comfortable is the one I'll choose."
"I'm going to take it to signing day. It's going to be a while before I decide. I really don't have a favorite team."
His family wouldn't mind him staying closer to home for sure, though.
"My dad passed away my freshman year but he was always about education," Philipp said.
"He always liked Stanford and wanted me to go there. My mom likes Stanford, too, but she also likes UCLA because it's close. They would drop hints here and there of where they would like to see me go but it's up to me and it's my decision."