Offers starting pouring in for the nation's No. 124 overall rated player as a freshman while prepping at Vista Murrieta (CA).
"I started getting a lot of attention my freshman season," Filiaga said. "My first offer was actually from Ole Miss. Coach Ben (Aigamaua) from Ole Miss offered me. That's really when it all started. It was kind of crazy that a SEC school was my first offer. I've kept in touch with those guys ever since."
The relationship started with Ole Miss several years ago, but he had never visited their campus until last month.
"That was a great visit. I enjoyed it. The staff and the players are so friendly there. They are great guys. I just really focused on the athletic part of it because I didn't get a chance to do the academic tour with it being game day and all. It was just an unofficial visit. It was really crowded everywhere. They were playing Alabama so it was alive and fun. I got to meet all of their coaches, tour the athletic families, and see what the game day is all about at Ole Miss."
The Rebels went to scout the 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive tackle at his new high school in Aledo (Texas) last week.
"They have been on me hard. I'm just trying to learn as much about them as I can. It's a great program. Their coaches do a really good job of making it a family oriented atmosphere. They put a lot of value in being faithful to the man above and family. I definitely want to look more into them as well as the rest of the schools in my top ten."
Filiaga has already taken in two official visits to Oregon and Michigan. He has scheduled two more to Nebraska and Oklahoma. The last one will come down to Arkansas, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Tennessee, and Southern Cal.
"It's really hard to pick one out of that group. Me and my family have to talk it out. Our family wants to visit so many schools. It's really hard to pick that last official visit. I might take a couple more unofficial visits as well. I don't know yet. I'll just have to see how my schedule goes."
The May graduate talks about his latest official visit.
"Michigan was a great trip. I liked everything about it. I liked their academics mostly. They are the No. 1 public university in the country. The team is great. The atmosphere was awesome."
The first official went to Oregon.
"That was a great trip as well. The same thing as Michigan. It's a great academic school as well as athletics. The football team is good too."
Nebraska is next on the visit docket.
"I have a buddy named Corey Whitaker that goes to Nebraska. He tells me all about it up there. Corey talks to me about their program. I have been building a a relationship with coach Riley as well. I want to go up there and see it for myself."
When it does come decision time what will be the main factors?
"Academics first, of course. I'm not sure what I'm going to major in but whatever I do major in I want it to have one of the top programs in the country. Secondly I want to find a place that can help prepare me for the NFL, God willing, if I do. It's not really a four year plan. It's a forty year plan to support my family."
Any time-frame for a decision?
"Not at all. I'm having a hard time deciding between my last official visit. I'm no where near a decision. Whenever I feel like I'm comfortable with a decision, I'll go ahead and commit. There is no set plan or date."
Chuck was selected to the Army All-American game this past week.
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org