Player Bio: UNLV: A hard-hitting defender that projects as a safety for the Rebels ... A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, which ranked him the No. 5 recruit overall from the state of Nevada ... One of three local signees in the 2012 class, he and Ron Scoggins Jr. both hail from national powerhouse program Bishop Gorman High School ... Grew up around the Rebel program as his father served as the UNLV strength and conditioning coach from 1993-2005 ... Chose UNLV over offers from New Mexico, Navy and Montana.
HIGH SCHOOL: Started as a linebacker at Bishop Gorman High School under coach Tony Sanchez ... Named first team all-state in 2010 and second team in 2011 ... Finished with 59 tackles, six sacks and 11 PBU as a senior and turned in 89 tackles and two interceptions as a junior ... Helped the Gaels win three consecutive state championships and compile a record of 43-3 from 2009-11 ... During his senior year, BGHS finished 15-1 and ranked fifth in the nation by USA TODAY.
PERSONAL: Marc Philippi is the son of Mark and Tracey Philippi ... The oldest of five children, he has a sister, McKayla and three brothers: Zachary, Jacque and Wynn ... His parents run PSI (Philippi Sports Institute), which is an elite performance training facility located in Las Vegas ... His mother was a multi-sport high school star and is a member of the Butte (MT) Sports Hall of Fame ... His father played football at Montana Tech and went on to coach there and on the high-school level before joining UNLV ... One of the world's top powerlifters, Mark Philippi competed in multiple Strongest Man competitions on ESPN, earning the title America's Strongest Man in 1997 ... Has three uncles that coach football, including Kevin Peoples, who coaches defensive tackles for Arkansas.
--Courtesy of UNLVRebels.com