The majority of fans don't realize that recruiting the elite college football players starts long before they sign on to play at a program. Steve Filer (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) is just finding that out himself. September 1 was the first date schools were allowed to offer scholarships to high school juniors, and Filer received two on that date.
"Notre Dame sent me a fax and then sent me a couple text messages," Filer said of his communication with the Irish football staff. "I called them back and spoke with coach Ianello. They said they were real interested in recruiting me. They're really interested in me and they gave me a scholarship offer. I felt really happy that my hard work has paid off. It was an exciting moment.
"Most definitely, I'm very interested," Filer responded when asked of his interest in Notre Dame. "I went up there for the one-day camp and I really liked it. They have beautiful facilities and they treated me like I was family. They were very hospitable. I talked to coach Weis a couple of times. He's a very nice guy. He's very business-like. He loves what he does. He's very passionate about his job. He loves being around the players and he loves being around football. Those are the type of guys I like.
"When I was younger I really didn't watch college football. I always felt, ‘why watch it when I can do it myself.' so I wasn't' really interested in it, but my cousin went to Notre Dame, Jerome Heavens. He was at the game against Joliet Catholic Academy.
Filer also received an early scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. Knowing that those won't be his last offers, Filer will likely take his time before deciding on which school he would like to attend. This also means that Filer will receive a lot of attention from the recruiting websites.
"I really don't go on the internet to see what's being said about me," Filer explained. "I have enough people telling me. My main focus is on this year, this football season and not about anything else. The goal of the team is to win a state championship. That's what I'm focused on and that's what I want to do right now."
On Thursday Mount Carmel will travel to play Providence Catholic. The game will be televised on ESPNU.