Last Saturday, several recruits announced their college decision live during the U.S. All-American game. One of them was four-star OL, Chuck Filiaga, who had Michigan in his final group of three schools. He posted his announcement later that day on Twitter.
The 6-foot-6, 335-pound lineman was an important recruit for Jim Harbaugh to land after Isaiah Wilson selected Georgia. The Texas native is ranked No. 98 according to 247Sports and the 14th ranked player in the state.
Maize n Brew caught up with the latest 2017 Michigan commit a week after his announcement to find out more about his recruiting process and decision to attend Michigan.
1. When did your offer come from Michigan?
“My offer from Michigan came I think middle of junior year.”
2. What impressed you the most about Ann Arbor and the campus?
“What impressed me was the stadium. But aside from that was the academics mostly what interested me was the business school. But as a whole was the brother hood that was built there I felt very comfortable there.”
3. How would you describe Coach Harbaugh?
“Coach Harbaugh is a great guy. He's in it for the team, he would do anything for his guys. He's a hard worker and he has a great coaching staff working with him too.”
4. Which coach(s)helped the most in getting a feel for the program and school?
“This ones going to have to be all of the coaches they're all involved even for the ones that don't play their position.”
5. How would you describe your first time in The Big House?
“There's a reason they call it the Big House. Gameday experience was amazing, so many people in one place. But very beautiful campus.”
6. What was the overall reason you picked Michigan and when did you know that was the right choice?
“The overall reason was the academics I mean I can get great football, anywhere but the academics was most important to me. But what also helped it the most was the players.”
7. What other school(s) were you highly considering and what made you decide on Michigan?
“It was Oklahoma and I knew Michigan was a fit on my official visit. It was a long talk between me and the parents evaluating the schools when it came down to my final 3.”
8. What has been your overall biggest accomplishment in high school?
“My overall high school accomplishment would have to be winning state.”
9. What does being a college student-athlete mean to you?
“Being a college student-athlete is the same as high school, but with a higher level of education. It requires more focus and sacrifices, so that you can do what you want to accomplish.”
10. What do you look forward to when it comes to college and playing football at Michigan?
“I look forward to soaking everything in. Enjoy my time.”
With his size and strength, he could very well be part of the group in this class that see’s a lot of early playing time next year.