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Football: USC shows some interest in Arroyo Valley's Philipp

August 26, 2008 |  3:08 pm

There is no real way of knowing whether the coaching staff over at USC reads this blog from time to time. As a matter of fact, I highly doubt that Pete Carroll & Co. take the time to glance over some of the things we like to keep track of here at Varsity Times Insider.

But if they did, chances are someone from the Trojans family stumbled upon the early July note about how USC has essentially neglected to heavily recruit Michael Philipp. We are, after all, talking about one of the nation's most prized offensive lineman prospects.

More than a month later, it appears as if the Trojans might have finally jumped on the bandwagon, although I refuse to take any credit for their sudden interest. The 6-foot-4, 300-plus pound senior from Arroyo Valley was invited to and attended a USC practice late last week, according to this report.

One problem: Philipp still hasn't received an official offer from the Cardinal and Gold. Seemingly every other Pac-10 Conference school has presented him with a scholarship offer and Michigan has contacted him recently, so the Trojans had better step up their efforts or he could end up elsewhere.

-- Sean Ceglinsky