Scout caught up with the state of Texas' No. 2 senior offensive tackle after seeing Filiaga and his powerhouse Aledo High squad roll to a Texas Class 5A Division II second-round playoff victory against Grapevine.
Where does the 6-foot-6, 335-pound Filiaga think he will take his final visits?
"After the season, I'll be taking my Nebraska official," said Filiaga, who emphasized that academics are a major part of what he's looking for with all schools he's considering. "I know football wherever I go is gonna great. It's not about the four-year term, it's the 40-year term, as my mom says. She got me hooked on that. Definitely looking at academics."
Filiaga's Aledo squad is expected to continue playing well into December, so his official visit to Nebraska will likely come in January after he competes in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will take up the first week of the new year. Filiaga said several Nebraska coaches recruit him, led by head coach Mike Riley and offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh.
After that trip, the No. 15 tackle nationally will have one remaining visit. Who's in the mix for that one?
Filiaga said with a laugh that "everybody" on the Volunteers' staff recruits him. He pinpointed co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Luke as his recruiter for Ole Miss, as well as head coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Kurt Anderson at Arkansas.
Filiaga's official visit to Oregon came in early September. He officially visited Michigan at the end of September and Oklahoma in late October.
He recapped those visits as follows:
"Loved the coaching staff and the atmosphere at Oregon. Loved the players. All great guys. They've had a tough season, but they'll build this offseason," Filiaga. "Michigan, loved the atmosphere out there as well. The coaches treat you like family and invite you in with open arms. And Oklahoma was the same as Michigan.
"I definitely hear from Bob Stoops, Jim Harbaugh, (O-line coach Tim) Drevno from Michigan, (O-line coach Bill) Bedenbaugh from Oklahoma."
Aledo has won five state championships since 2009 with a three-peat from 2009-11 and back-to-back titles in 2013-14. Filiaga, who moved to Aledo in the offseason from Southern California, is one of several FBS prospects for Aledo, which has also produced big-name prospects in the recent past such as Texas high school football legend Johnathan Gray.
Filiaga and his Aledo teammates are 12-0 entering Friday's 1 p.m. Class 5A Division II third-round playoff against Abilene Cooper at Abilene's Shotwell Stadium. Aledo has scored at least 41 points in every game this season.
Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Filiaga's recruitment.