San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley offensive lineman Michael Philipp is one of the elite prospects in the West region and could be the top player at his position in the state.
Philipp, 6-4, 295 pounds plays tackle at the high school level but could play just about anywhere on the offensive line in college. He had a great junior season earning all-league, all-area and 1st team all-state underclass honors.
On film, Philipp jumps off the screen with his overall ability. He's very quick off the ball and his initial punch is stunning to the defender. He has excellent later mobility and slides his feet very well in pass protection.
He's a dominant run blocker, very strong and manhandles
opposing ends at the line of scrimmage but also has the quickness to get in to the secondary and make a block on a linebacker or safety.
On the recruiting front, Philipp has offers from most of the Pac 10.
"Arizona, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and UCLA have all offered," Philipp said. "Right now, I'm wide open and have no plans to make an early commitment.
"I've already taken unofficial visits to Stanford and UCLA but I won't be able to visit anyone else over the spring or summer because of transportation issues. I'm going to take my time with this decision though. My plan is to take all five official visits after the season and then commit on Signing Day."