Chuck Filiaga, Wolverine

Chuck Filiaga, Wolverine


January 7, 2017




Chuck Filiaga (image via Star-Telegram)

Aledo (TX) Aledo offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga committed to Michigan on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, and USC, among others.

Filiaga is listed at 6’6″, 335 lbs. He claims a 5.59 forty, a 4.66 shuttle, and a 21″ vertical.

RATINGS
ESPN: 4-star, 83 grade, #14 OT, #137 overall
Rivals: 4-star, #16 OT, #118 overall
Scout: 4-star, #15 OT, #125 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 94 grade, #13 OT, #106 overall

Hit the jump for more on Filiaga’s commitment to Michigan.

Filiaga was offered by Michigan in March of 2016 after a junior season spent at Murrieta (CA) Vista Murrieta. At the time he was thought to be leaning toward USC. Then he transferred to Aledo (TX) Aledo, and he was also thought to be heavily interested in Texas at one time. But over the last several months, he moved away from the Trojans and named a final three of Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Michigan. He had been thought to be leaning toward Michigan since his official visit at the beginning of October.

Filiaga is huge. Not only is he tall, but he’s solidly built from head to toe and proportioned well without being too top-heavy. He has long, big, meaty arms, and when he gets his hands on a defender, he can control him and generally get good push when he wants. Even though he’s a big guy, he bends well and can get good leverage against down linemen. He’s a particularly good down blocker, and that bodes well for Michigan’s offense, where he’ll often be asked to double-team and block down. He can get out and run in a straight line, so he can be helpful downfield or on screens.

On the negative side, it’s a bit of a red flag that Filiaga doesn’t have more film as a big-time recruit. His junior highlights are just over two minutes long, and his senior highlights last 38 seconds. It may be an issue with the film or technology or the coach, so it’s not necessarily a lack of highlight-worthy plays, but it’s still a question mark. That dearth of highlights also shows up when it comes to pass protection, because there’s not a whole lot that shows his ability to fend off edge rushers. I think Filiaga shows some weaknesses when it comes to footwork and needs to be more consistent in that area. Another inconsistency is his stance, where he frequently seems to telegraph run vs. pass or even the direction of his block. If defenders get underneath him or slant across his face, he sometimes has trouble adjusting.

Filiaga is a good prospect. He’s massive and athletic, and he was deemed talented enough to earn a bunch of offers and be chosen as a U.S. Army All-American. But I think people looking for an immediately elite fix at left tackle for Michigan are going to be disappointed. The Army All-American coaches put him at right tackle, and he stated that he was okay with that because he wanted to show off his versatility, and besides, the West team already had 7 left tackles. Okay, but why wasn’t Filiaga at left tackle instead of one of those guys? And why was he the backup right tackle? These are rhetorical questions, obviously. The point in asking those questions is to suggest that Filiaga has a way to go before he’s a plus player. He has a ton of potential, but players like Ben Bredeson and Mason Cole – the last two major freshman contributors – were further ahead when it comes to technique.

Bredeson and Cole are both almost certain starters in 2017, but Michigan lost LT Ben Braden, RT Erik Magnuson, and RG Kyle Kalis. There are openings, so I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Filiaga starting next year, but there would be growing pains. Other options at offensive tackle include Nolan Ulizio, Stephen Spanellis, and Juwann Bushell-Beatty, along with other incoming true freshmen.

Michigan now has 27 commitments in the 2017 class, and that includes seven offensive linemen. He’s also the first commitment from the state of Texas since 2011, when Michigan pulled in TE Chris Barnett, RB Russell Bellomy, and LB Kellen Jones – none of whom did anything for Michigan. (In fact, Barnett and Jones never even made it through their first camp.) The class is expected to reach roughly 30 commits, so the Wolverines have a few spots left to fill.

TTB Rating: 86 (ratings explanation)

11 comments

  1. Comments: 22
    Joined: 12/28/2015
    mich_alumni
    Jan 07, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    Thunder, it would seem in an ideal world, where Grant Newsome is healthy, Andrew Steuber works out as a LT, we didn’t whiff on Isiah Wilson etc and would you think Filiaga better projects to guard? That ability to maul combined with lack of technique dealing with edge rushers might project that. I know he has the size to play both…

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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jan 07, 2017 at 6:09 PM

      I think he would be more suited to right tackle than guard, but yeah, if you have Newsome and Wilson healthy, I think Filiaga would be a candidate for guard. Of course, Wilson’s not great when it comes to technique, either.

      • Comments: 978
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        Roanman
        Jan 07, 2017 at 6:44 PM

        Actually, i had his Senior video at 44 seconds, but i may have had the unedited version.

        I think he’s a guard, but as often conceded, i only sort of know what i’m talking about when it comes to linemen. He drops his hips really well for such a massive kid and looks just really well balanced with a real nice wide base just like you want. That mass doesn’t even look a little sloppy. He’s a beast driving forward. It looks like he wants to finish.

        He’s huge, he’s ours, I like him.

        Mekhi Becton ….. come on down. Although I’ve heard twice now that we are still whispering in Isaiah Wilson’s ear.

      • DonAZ
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        Joined: 8/12/2015
        DonAZ
        Jan 07, 2017 at 7:08 PM

        When it comes to technique, how many OL guys come out of high school with much? Yeah, maybe the elite 5 stars at the specialized academies. But what about the 4 stars … does the technique stock drop off pretty quickly when we move to the 4 star guys?

        • Comments: 2276
          Joined: 7/13/2015
          Jan 07, 2017 at 7:33 PM

          That’s a good question. I don’t have a definitive number for you. Ben Bredeson wasn’t a 5-star or at a specialized academy, but he had pretty solid technique coming out of high school. There were a couple things I would tweak, but he was consistent within that technique, so I think he was being coached that way. It’s easier to coach a guy who’s obviously very disciplined when it comes to technique, but maybe Filiaga just doesn’t have consistent coaching, either. I think it just depends on the individual player. Sometimes you see 3-star guys with good technique but without a ton of athletic talent.

  2. Painter Smurf
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    Painter Smurf
    Jan 07, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Guessing he gets his first look at RT. Steiner is another guy I see playin gearly, but I see Steuber competing with Ulizio at LT, assuming no Newsome.

  3. Comments: 978
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    Roanman
    Jan 07, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    As an aside, one of 247’s national guys just dropped a crystal ball for us on Aubrey Solomon. That would be a very good thing for everybody, particularly, young Mr. Solomon.

    • Comments: 2276
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jan 07, 2017 at 7:30 PM

      Yeah, I saw that. Ryan Bartow has an accuracy percentage of just over 81%, too. Very interesting.

  4. Comments: 762
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    je93
    Jan 07, 2017 at 7:51 PM

    Thunder, how do you project our OL shaking out?

    I can’t quite come up with a solid 5

    • Comments: 2276
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jan 07, 2017 at 8:05 PM

      I’ll have an updated projected depth chart on Monday. I’ll have to take a look at it again now that Filiaga is committed.

      • Comments: 14
        Joined: 12/21/2016
        Fab5ive21
        Jan 08, 2017 at 3:53 AM

        I would love to see your thoughts on an OL two deep. Obviously, if Newsome is healthy he is the LT but I’m very curious what you think our best lineup is without him next year which seems like a strong possibility.

        Also, I only spent about 30 seconds looking into this but there is a Donald Evans, 2018 RB from Aledo with some Hudl highlights ( http://www.hudl.com/profile/4126275/donald-evans ). He has one video that is just over 5 minutes but the rest are under 1 minute long. Most the videos seem to have somewhat respectable quality production value but short in nature. Not sure if Filiaga is lacking highlights because of his play or just the video dept on his high school team. Definitely strange.

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