Filer Is Intrigued By Irish Defense

When you look for difference makers on the defensive side of the ball, you won't find anyone with more potential than linebacker Steven Filer of Mt. Carmel High School (Chicago, Ill.) Filer was in town last weekend for the Notre Dame junior day and he liked what he heard from the Notre Dame coaching staff.

It isn't a secret that Steven Filer (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is a priority recruit for the Notre Dame coaching staff. Anytime you can get a player of his caliber on campus you need to make the most of it. Last weekend Filer made the trip to South Bend for Notre Dame's junior day and he came away impressed.

"I like the way they had everything scheduled," Flier said of his junior day experience. "The organization of the junior day was great. They had everything set up and there was no wasted time. They had a good presentation for us. They knew what they were talking about, they were excited and they were really enthusiastic about their job. They were excited about next season, the season after that and the season after that.

"I met coach Corwin Brown and I liked him. He's a really cool guy. He's real nice and real down to earth. He showed us some film of the defense while we were there. The defense that they're going to run is very similar to the Mount Carmel defense. He pictured me at the ‘Will' or ‘Jack' spot. He broke it all down for me and that's the position that I really like. It's a position that I get to run east and west and make plays. The defense funnels everything to the linebackers."

Filer has offers from coast to coast and border to border. Despite the spotlight that is shinning on him, he isn't being consumed by the recruiting process.

"A couple years ago I didn't even watch college football, so I never really had a dream school or a school that I really wanted to offer me," Filer explained. "I'm satisfied with all of the offers that I've have. I've got the chance go to a schools on the East Coast or the West Coast. There isn't a school that I'm waiting to get an offer from. I'm just taking them as them come, and I'm going to give everyone a chance.

"I'm focused on my education. I want to go to a place where my degree will be worth something, and not just to play football. If you go to a school you have to be comfortable with that school, because you might not even play football all four years. You might get hurt or something else might happen to you, so I take those things into consideration. Actually the schemes and the football part are really one of my last priorities… it's really irrelevant. I'm going to play no matter where I go and I can fit into any defense, so it's just the education part and where I feel comfortable that's important to me.

"I really don't know much about other schools," Filer said. "Notre Dame and Illinois are the only schools that I've been to so far. Once I get a chance to visit other schools I'll get a group of schools that I like and a group of schools that I can stick with."


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