After officially visiting Michigan for the Wisconsin game on October 1st, I was very close to putting in my Crystal Ball prediction for Aledo (TX) OT Chuck Filiaga to Michigan. But, I needed a little more evidence before feeling comfortable enough to put in my selection.
Well, after two weeks of reports and reading the tea leaves, I’ve put in my Crystal Ball for Filiaga to Michigan.
Filiaga is a recruit that didn’t receive a ton of love and pub up until this point on the recruiting trail. As a California transplant in Texas, most analysts had him pegged to USC or one of the Power 5 programs in Texas. But that was until Michigan turned up the heat.
Michigan’s coaching staff is not holding anything back in terms of going after the top offensive lineman in the 2017 class. They’ve continued to recruit the top ranked players in the class, even with four lineman already committed and at least three top targets looking very likely to end up in Ann Arbor. And now Filiaga is trending towards the Wolverines.
Filiaga gave glowing reviews of his visit to Michigan to everyone and that after glow doesn’t look to be wearing off. The four star tackle told 247Sports’ Jeremy Clark that Michigan is his leader after his visit ($):
Just being part of the Wolverine game setup; I really loved my visit to Michigan. It was amazing.”
He also told Scout’s Josh Newkirk that the Michigan trip was his best visit by far ($) thanks to the educational tour, how comfortable he was on campus, and his budding relationship with Tim Drevno.
— Chuck Filiaga (@CFiliaga) October 2, 2016
With the Michigan staff looking like they’re “all-in” on Filiaga, the Poly connections within the program, his fit in the pro-style offense, and the downfall of the other top contenders, including USC, Texas and Oregon, I feel very confident, at this time, that Filiaga will choose the Wolverines when he announces his commitment at the Army All-American game on January 7th.
Side Note: I’ve changed my Crystal Ball prediction from Michigan to Washington for Skyline (WA) OL Henry Bainivalu.
Photo Credit: U.S. Army All-American Bowl