The recruitment of Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive end Izaih Filikitonga has definitely taken off here lately, but there is one school that seems to be inching out in front of everybody else.
Filikitonga was in Norman a few weeks ago for Oklahoma’s junior day. A good visit was made a memorable trip when he was offered by the Sooners in person.
It’s still early in the process, but there’s no doubt that offer has definitely put OU in a great position at this point.
“I loved the trip,” Filikitonga said. “I’ve always loved OU since I was a little kid. My dad would put on the TV, and I’d like OU, OU! Going there now, it was an amazing experience. I love OU. I love the family atmosphere there.”
Listed at 6-foot-3 and around 230 pounds and coming off a quality Opening regional event last weekend in Frisco, Texas, the offers are starting to pour in for Filikitonga.
The one he didn’t see coming was from OU.
“It really surprised me,” he said. “It was like I really got an offer from a school that is close to home that I love. I’m very excited about it.”
Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux has made a strong impression so far with Filikitonga as he said he likes Thibodeaux’s laid back approach, among other things.
“Me and him – I consider him family,” Filikitonga said. “He’s very chill, laid back. I would love to have him as a coach.”
Despite OU being in a great spot, it doesn’t seem a commitment is going to happen anytime soon. He said he wants to wait until after his senior season to explore all options and then make his choice. He wants to see what school will develop him into the best player possible.
Spring football is kicking off all around the country, but Filikitonga said he’s not quite sure at all at this point about where he might visit in the next month. The smart money, though, would be on a return trip to Norman.
“I’m not sure on any visits yet,” he said. “OU is my best bet that I want to go back to and see more of what’s going on there.”