Checkout the signing day capsule of Michigan 2017 OT commit Chuck Filiaga.

Checkout the signing day capsule of Michigan 2017 OT commit Chuck Filiaga.

HIS RECRUITING STORY:

While Chuck Filiaga committed to the Wolverines during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, his interest in U-M became clear after his official visit to Ann Arbor in early October. Shortly after, he named Michigan one if his front runners, and with a strong push by Jim Harbaugh and Tim Drevno, and the possibility of playing early on as freshman, it was too hard for Filiaga to pass up to play at Michigan.

SCOUTING REPORT:

“Chuck Filiaga is a massive, physical offensive lineman who projects as a tackle, but could also thrive as a jumbo guard. Filaga owns an exceptional 6-foot-6, 335-pound frame and wears his weight well. He's a powerful run-blocker who can maul opponents in the ground game. Filiaga will take defenders to the ground if he can. He blocks through the whistle and with a mean streak. He can improve his foot quickness and technical aspects of pass pro, but his height and length give him a high ceiling as a pass-blocker. Filiaga is a Power Five-caliber prospect who will play college at the high-major level.” – Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks

WHY FILIAGA CHOSE MICHIGAN?

“It was just family, great environment for me, a great coaching staff that can help me prepare for the NFL,” Filiaga said. “Coach Harbaugh was definitely a character, same with coach Drevno. It was just everything about Michigan I loved on my visit.”

BOTTOM LINE:

Arguably the most important commit of Michigan’s 2017 class, Filiaga fills a pressing need at offensive tackle for U-M. He is every bit of 6-foot-6, 335-pounds, and plays like a true enforcer on the outside edge of the line. He moves well for his size, showcases great footwork, and has a chance to play early and often as a freshman. Michigan plans to start him out at left tackle and there are no reasons to think he won’t be the starter there for a good portion of his U-M career.


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