Four-star offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga has released his top 3, and the Sooners have made the cut. The Aledo, Texas, product also has Michigan and Nebraska on his radar.
Filiaga, who previously played high school football in Murrieta, Calif., made an official visit to Norman for the Kansas game in addition to an unofficial visit he made last spring. After the visits and plenty of conversation with Bill Bedenbaugh, Filiaga is clearly comfortable with the program.
The offensive tackle is listed as the No. 14 player at his position in the 247 Composite rankings and is ranked as a top 100 overall prospect. Throughout the recruiting process, he’s also received offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and USC. If you watch some of his highlights, you can see why he’s garnered so much national attention.
One thing that stands out is how athletic he looks for a high school offensive tackle. He’s not just some big kid who handles people at the line. He moves around incredibly well for a guy of his size (6-6, 335), so he’s someone who can be utilized in a number of different blocking schemes. It’s also important to note that the guy played at a relatively high level of competition (Texas 5A II) in which he would often face future collegiate defensive lineman.
Michigan is the most likely name to hear when he announces his decision on Jan. 7, but the Sooners are definitely still in the race. If Bill Bedenbaugh can somehow pull this one off, the man needs a raise (and he probably deserves one anyway).