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Football: Two big men from Inland Empire opening some scouts' eyes

April 30, 2008 |  3:56 pm

Michael Philipp and Gavin Pascarella have called the Inland Empire home for quite some time, a majority of their respective lives, in fact. This time next year, however, both juniors figure to be on the verge of moving on, leaving their I.E. nest for a new adventure in college.

Philipp is one of the most sought-after guards on the West Coast. Nearly every PAC-10 school, with the exception of USC, is recruiting the 6-foot-4, 300-plus pounder from Arroyo Valley. If the big-time buzz surrounding Phillip continues, his status as a sleeper on the national scene could be a temporary thing.

Pascarella, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound tackle from Corona Centennial, picked up his first two offers recently, from Air Force and Army. Other schools expressing interest include: Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA. Recruiters from Colorado, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech have been in contact with him as well.

-- Sean Ceglinsky