Murrieta (Calif.) four-star offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga received a scholarship offer from USC’s previous staff, but Saturday, he met with a coaching staff just as eager to garner his letter of intent next February.
“They just said straight up, Chuck, we really want you to be a Trojan,” said Filiaga. “They said they wanted me, but Coach [Neil] Callaway also told me that I have to find the right school for me too.
“They really didn’t want to talk to me about football so much. Today was about just them getting to know me as a person. Coach Callaway wants to know what kind of guy I am. He didn’t want to just hear about it from other people”
Most recruits can point to a particular part of the event as a highlight to a junior day, but Filiaga was overwhelmed by the entire experience.
“It was a great visit,” said Filiaga. “For one thing that stood out, can I say everything stood out? I wish I could say everything. This was my first time visiting a college and it made a good impression on me.”
Saturday, Arkansas became the latest school to offer Filiaga a scholarship. He also recently garnered a scholarship offer from Texas. Already having a scholarship offer from USC in hand from the previous coaching staff, Filiaga was eager to meet new Trojan offensive line coach Neil Callaway.
“Meeting Coach Callaway was great,” said Filiaga. “He’s a chill coach… like really laid back. He was very understanding and I liked his personality. I could tell he was a great coach, but also a great guy off the field.
“He talked about the history and tradition of USC — the players they’ve had go there. He talked to us about how it all starts with the offensive line.”
While Filiaga attended a USC game last season, this was his first unofficial visit to a college campus.
“Coming from the one SC game I saw, I came in expecting the same friendly atmosphere,” said Filiaga. “It really was the same. The campus was really nice and I loved it.
“I didn’t know much about it until today. I learned a lot of new things about USC today.”
Sunday, Filiaga will take part in The Opening regional camp in Redondo Beach (Calif.). Stay tuned to USCFootball.com for photos, video, analysis and stories from the event.