Senior Chuck Filiaga is already leaving his mark at Aledo High School after just a few months in Texas.
On Monday in the school’s indoor practice facility, the 4-star recruit was presented with a jersey for his official selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
“It truly means a lot to get this honor,” Filiaga said. “I love this sport and I’m glad I’m doing this for the people that serve our country.”
The game will be at the Alamodome in San Antonio and can be seen at noon, Jan. 7 on NBC.
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Filiaga, who transferred from Vista Murrieta, Calif., in April, stands 6-foot-7, 335 pounds, and has helped the Bearcats to a 4-0 start, including a 69-0 victory over Saginaw Chisholm Trail on Friday.
“[Aledo] accepted me into their program, senior year, which they didn’t have to and it truly means a lot because I’m part of them now and I feel like I’m home,” Filiaga said.
I’d also like to thank my parents and family. You’ve all been there for me every step of the way and I’m truly blessed to have you guys in my life. This journey I chose isn’t easy, but I’m thankful you guys supported me through it.
Aledo’s Chuck Filiaga
Filiaga was joined by his family and Aledo head coach Steve Wood. The rest of the football team was also present.
“The kids love him, and he’s one of the most popular guys in the locker room,” Wood said. “This is such an honor. This is the elite of the elite and a few people get to do this. It’s a huge honor, huge honor for Chuck.”
Filiaga announced his top-10 colleges on Sept. 5 which includes TCU and Texas.
Filiaga was also selected to participate in the Polynesian Bowl, Jan. 21 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
On Thursday in Kennedale, senior linebacker Baron Browning was presented with his official selection to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Browning, a 5-star recruit with 40 college offers, is the nation’s No. 9 overall prospect.
The All-American Bowl features the nation’s top 100 high school football players.
Browning plans to announce his college commitment on Nov. 29.