Four-star offensive lineman Michael Philipp (6-3, 320, 5.1) from San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley has been one of the most coveted offensive linemen for the entire western region. As he had planned all along, he wanted to take all five visits before making his decision. He has accomplished both goals as he made his commitment this morning.
"I just committed to Oregon State," Philipp said. "I was comfortable with the players and I think the coaches are genuine.
"Coach Mike Riley is a genuine guy and so is my position coach, Mike Cavanaugh," Philipp said. "I know that Coach Cavanaugh will make me a better football player."
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"I know that Oregon State may not have the best academics as far as reputation as other schools that I was considering, but Oregon State felt like the right school for me."
"I talked it over with my family and I called all the other schools involved and told them I would be going to Oregon State," Philipp said. "Then I called Coach Cavanaugh and let him know I was coming."
This a huge get for Riley and the Oregon State program as they went toe to toe with some of the best colleges in the country to land Philipp.
The Beavers win this recruiting battle over offers from other Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and more.
Philipp is being recruited to play tackle, but he is open to playing center or guard. He played center after the third game this season.
The talented offensive lineman made the Rivals.com Rivals100 for the class of 2009 landing as the nation's No. 38 prospect at any position. Rivals.com ranks Philipp as the nation's No. 2 run blocker and the country's No. 3 pass blocker.
Philipp is also rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 offensive guard for the class of 2009 and he was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team ranked as the Golden State's No. 8 prospect at any position.
Tremendous get for the Beavers.