Things have been quiet on the recruiting front for Chicago Mt. Carmel LB backer Steve Filer over the past few months. However, unlike many other high-profile prospects, the Windy City star wants it that way.
"The college coaches send texts, but usually I don't answer them," Filer said. "They tell me to call them and I usually don't call them because right now I'm trying to focus on the summer and doing the best I can for this team instead of the team I'm going to play for two years from now. I want to choose the right school, but I've got to focus on what I'm doing in school right now because if I don't, I won't perform like I want to now or two years from now."
Even though Filer has already performed well enough on the football field to garner scholarship offers from many of the country's power programs, the young man isn't satisfied with his performance thus far. He has set the bar of achievement really high for his senior campaign and plans to leave everything on the field in his quest to reach it.
"Really, in my final season I want to break a couple of records," he said. "I'm pretty close to breaking the all time tackle record at my school. I just want to make it so there's no doubt about who the best linebacker is in the nation. I want to make it so it's undisputed. I won't stop working hard until I get to that point."
With his attention devoted so thoroughly to the here and now, there has been little time left to think about taking visits to the colleges under consideration. Another trip to Michigan appeared to be in the works recently, but personal issues have drawn even more of his focus.
"I don't know yet," Filer said regarding whether he would make it up to Michigan before the end of the summer. "We'll have to see. My family is going through a lot of changes right now, so we'll just have to take it as it goes and see what time we have left."
At this point Filer's recruitment seems destined to stay quiet until the fall. Then it will likely pick up steam once his season concludes.
"I don't know which schools are at the top yet because I haven't really taken too many visits," said Filer. "I haven't talked to or seen as many schools as I want to. I probably won't be making a decision until after the season."