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Aledo lineman visits Austin to meet with new Longhorns coach

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Chuck Filiaga, one of the top-ranked high school players in the country, moves from California to Aledo for his senior season and quickly becomes the talk of the town.
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Chuck Filiaga, one of the top-ranked high school players in the country, moves from California to Aledo for his senior season and quickly becomes the talk of the town.

New Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman hosted 6-foot-7, 330-pound Aledo offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga in Austin on Saturday.

Filiaga visited with the coaches for two hours and spent 30 minutes with Herman. Texas holds seven commitments for the class of 2017, but none are offensive lineman. Sports website Burnt Orange Nation reported Saturday that Filiaga is the first visitor of the Tom Herman era.

“It was definitely great to meet coach Herman. He and his coaching staff, coming from Houston, want to change the mindset of the Longhorns football program,” Filiaga said. “Today honestly, getting to know him was the best side of it – seeing what kind of guy he is.”

Filiaga, who moved from California to Aledo in the summer, has helped guide the No. 1 Bearcats into the Class 5A Division II state semifinals. Aledo (14-0) defeated Saginaw Boswell 42-14 late Friday night and will meet Mesquite Poteet (11-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Frisco.

Texas is one of 29 schools to offer Filiaga, according to 247Sports, and among his final 10 choices along with TCU, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, USC, Tennessee and Michigan.

Filiaga has had home visits with Oklahoma and Nebraska, and will have a home visit with Michigan on Monday.

“I’m thankful and it truly means a lot to me and my family to be in this position,” the senior said.

The overall No. 97 high school player in the nation, Filiaga has made official visits to Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon, and was hosted by Texas last March. The four-star recruit, will make his announcement at the 2017 U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 7 at San Antonio’s Alamodome.

“Definitely is difficult, but with the right people around you, it makes it a lot easier getting to listen to them to see which potential school is right for my future,” Filiaga said. “Coach [Steve] Wood always says to make the right choices and that everything in life is about the right decisions.”

Practicing on Thanksgiving is a tradition at Aledo, where the Bearcat family prepared to go west for the holiday and feast on another playoff opponent at Abilene's historic Shotwell Stadium.

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