Trojans offer Filiaga

Chuck Filiaga maybe a new name to Trojan fans, but he is a 2017 target that could end up being one of the top players in his class.

Murrieta (Calif.) junior offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga has scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Washington State, but not following college football, this week’s news of a USC scholarship offer was still a big deal.

“I really thought they’d wait to offer me,” said Filiaga. “I was really surprised, but I was really happy.

“I was like… I don’t know… speechless… I was amazed. I watched them play against ASU and I really liked what they did. I don’t know much about the school, but I do know Su'a Cravens goes there, and he’s an slum from Vista Murrieta.

Filiaga told his mom about the USC scholarship offer first, and while she was proud, it had nothing to do with the Trojans’ football tradition.

“My family are not into college ball, I’m sorry to say. But they know who the big schools are and were really proud I got the offer. They were really happy and told me to keep working hard. I have a long way to go.”

Filiaga has yet to unofficially visit USC, and in terms of factors that will formulate his opinion on college, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound four-star has no idea what he’s looking for at the next level

“My mom and I were planning on coming down there Nov. 7,” said Filiaga. “That’s hopefully when I meet the coaches and maybe the whole team.”

USC offensive line coach Bob Connelly recruiting Filiaga for the Trojans. The two have been in contact since the spring and was Connelly was the first to break the news about the scholarship offer.

“He likes everything about me,” said Filiaga. “He told me to just keep working. I told him I have trouble with my pad level and footwork sometimes.

“He understands that’s difficult for tall guys. But I’m settling down, and in this last game against my old school, St. Augustine, I did really well executing my pad level and footwork.”

Filiaga came to Vista Murrieta as a defensive tackle, but this season, his focus has been all offense.

“I’m settling down and sticking just with offense this season,” said Filiaga. “I’m loving the position now. I love it a lot.”

Filiaga has no plans to visit any other schools in the near future, nor does his have a wish list of scholarship offers he looks forward to obtaining by year’s end.

“Next year I’ll have a permanent college list,” said Filiaga. “I’m new to all of this college recruiting. I’m starting to understand it fully now, but I’m focused on the season and just staying healthy.” Top Stories