"I always thought highly of Tennessee," he said, "but the weekend just made me think better of them. I had never been on campus while other students were there. It was real exciting."
As one of the 102,455 spectators attending Saturday night's Tennessee-Georgia football game, Filer characterized the atmosphere as "amazing" and was equally impressed with Tennessee's basketball venue, massive Thompson-Boling Arena.
"That was real big," he said. "I walked in there, and it was amazing."
Vol head man Cuonzo Martin also made a positive impression on Filer, just as he did on the prospect's father many years ago.
"Coach Martin is a pretty good guy," Filer said. "He and my dad grew up together in East St. Louis, so I'd heard a lot about him. He really treated me like family ... him and the other coaches."
The prospect said he met all of Tennessee's players, adding that they "got along pretty well."
Although the visit couldn't have gone much better, he isn't ready to commit just yet. He still plans to tour Oregon State Oct. 15 and Clemson Oct. 22. Utah, DePaul and Nevada have offered scholarships, too.
"Basically, everything I was looking for, Tennessee gave it to me," Filer said. "I'm just waiting to take all of my visits. I don't want to make a decision in the moment."
The young man said he has "no leaders right now" but expects to make a commitment by Dec. 3.