Michigan picked up its 27th commitment of the 2017 class on Saturday afternoon inside the Alamo Dome.
A 4-star OT prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, Chuck Filiaga announced during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl his pledge to the Wolverines.
Filiaga said in an interview with Land of 10 this week that his relationship at Michigan all started with offensive coordinator Tim Drevno two years ago.
Attending Aledo (Texas), Filiaga only spent one season in Texas. The rest of his years were spent in California on the West Coast, where Drevno first visited him.
Never seen as a true option for Michigan, Filiaga visited he Wolverines on Oct. 1, 2016 for their game against Wisconsin.
From that moment on, it was all Michigan for Filiaga. And he made it official on Saturday.
Filiaga fills the biggest hole in Michigan’s class by landing a solid offensive tackle. He’ll aim to play left tackle in college, but he played on the right side throughout Army Bowl practice this past week.
Filiaga, along with 4-star C Cesar Ruiz, make for two high-end offensive line commitments for Michigan. And both could play early.
Ruiz is tabbed as a starter next season by a healthy amount of analysts, including myself. Filiaga’s status depends a lot on Michigan junior tackle Grant Newsome’s health, and whether current center Mason Cole stays at that position.
With college-ready mechanics, Filiaga is as technically sound of any other tackle in the country. A lot of what he needs to work on at Michigan revolves around his strength. But it’s a lot easier to get a kid stronger than it is to teach him mechanics all over again at 18 or 19 years old.
Filiaga is the nation’s No. 98 overall prospect, and No. 14 tackle.