JUSTIN, Texas – At 6-foot-7, 340-pounds, four-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga doesn’t just like contact on the football field, he seeks it, never stopping till the whistle is blown.
That was evident in Aledo’s (Texas) 59-14 win over Haslet (Texas) Easton on Saturday, as Filiaga led the way opening huge running lanes and protecting his quarterback in Aledo’s offensive barrage.
“You always got to keep running, always got to keep that motor going to be successful,” Filiaga said. “Technique is a key part of what Aledo takes care (of), we definitely have to do our job.”
Filiaga’s recruitment has been his other focus, already he’s been on official visits to Oregon and Michigan, and was on hand when U-M defeated Wisconsin 14-7 earlier this month.
“The trip to Ann Arbor was a great trip,” Filiaga said of his official visit. “I definitely love their academic program they have over there. They are the No. 1 academic public school. The football team, well the football team is always going to be great, but academic-wise was the most important art of the trip.”
Besides academics, Filiaga continued to rave about his campus experience, noting how “comfortable” he felt on campus.
“I loved the atmosphere up there,” Filiaga said. “It really made me feel comfortable. The crowds, the coaches and the players, they all made me feel comfortable there. I definitely could see myself playing there in the near future.
“But we’ll have to see.”
During his stay at U-M, Filiaga also had a chance to barbecue at offensive line coach Tim Drevno’s house, an opportunity, he says, where had chance to get know Drevno a little better.
“Coach Drevno he is definitely is an open guy,” Filiaga said. “He wants the best for everybody. He wants everybody to succeed. He’s just one heck of a coach, and definitely has something planned for his O-lineman.”
Upcoming, Filiaga plans to take his third and fourth official visits to Oklahoma and Nebraska.
“My last visit could possibly be Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas,” Filiaga said, adding what he’s looking for: “Truly somewhere I feel comfortable and when I fell homesick, I don’t make my judgments off being homesick, really some place that can help me proceed and major in life.”
Distance and weather will not play a factor says Filiaga.He plans to announce his decision on Jan 7.