Filler loves to attack

He's low-key and goes about his business, but San Mateo's Kurt Filler (6-2.5, 220) is one of the big play men on the Bulldogs' defense and he's already started to hear from several big name programs. spoke with Filler recently and he talked about recruiting and what he's working on this summer to become the best linebacker he can be.

"I've been working really hard at putting on some good weight," Filler said recently. "It has to be good weight. I want to play around 225 or 230 so I can maintain my speed and quickness and I think I'm going to be able to do that this summer."

Filler prepped at Freedom High School in Oakley, California and wasn't recruited much as a senior.

"I played quarterback in high school, but I wasn't going to do that in college," Filler recalled. "I also didn't qualify so I knew I had to go to a JC and I went up to a game when San Mateo played City (College of San Francisco).

"They lost by one point, but I loved the way they ran their defense and how aggressive they were, so I decided to come here and I'm pretty happy I did because I have a lot of fun playing with these guys and for these coaches."

Filler sure seemed to have a lot of fun during a solid freshman season from his weakside linebacker position. He posted over 60 tackles and had eight sacks and one interception as well.

"I love playing on the weakside because I like coming off the edge and rushing the quarterback," Filler said. "It's so much fun just being able to attack and get after the offense like our defense allows me to do. It's a blast to play in this defense."

At the NorCal combine at Chabot College, Filler had an excellent workout posting a 4.58 forty time, a 4.18 shuttle, a 30-inch vertical to go along with 18 reps at 225 pounds on the bench and his efforts helped him get named to the All-Combine team.

On the recruiting front a couple big-time programs have started to make it known they like what he has to offer on the playing field.

"Cal and Kansas State just talked to me recently actually," Filler said. "Tennessee has also been in contact the past few weeks. They are the three that are really recruiting me the hardest, but there are a bunch of other schools who have been sending things.

"I love the SEC and the way they run their defenses out there. It's really fast and they have some big and talented players. It's a really good football atmosphere there so Tennessee is a school I'm definitely going to look pretty hard at."

Filler is on pace to graduate next May and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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