L.T. Filiaga the 6-foot, 235-pound three-star middle linebacker from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, still has six scholarship offers and remains "very open."
Filiaga's offers are from BYU, Utah, Arizona, UNLV, Washington and Stanford and he's already scheduled a Jan. 10 official trip to local favorite BYU.
He also says that the Cougars are recruiting him the hardest. "Hands down," Filiaga said. "Now that it's September, they make sure to call every week and they send me the most mail by far. They don't let up at all.
"They really want me and I like how they say that the program is all about character," he said. "They just want guys who will help the program on and off the field.
"Number one for me is academics," Filiaga stated. "But after that is the coaches and I want to play for coaches that I have a good relationship with and that really care about their players."
Filiaga, ranked as the No. 23 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, attended the lopsided BYU/UCLA game on Sept. 13. "It was great to be there," he said of the 59-0 Cougars victory. "I love how well they are playing. They are really getting after the ball and hustling hard on every play. The defense is great and they never quit."
So what does Filiaga think of the Cougars chances of being a "BCS buster" this season? "I think that in the near future BYU will be playing in a BCS bowl," he said. "It may not be this year, but soon."
He says he still favors both No. 14 BYU and Utah (both childhood favorites) slightly over Arizona, No. 6 LSU and Stanford. The Tigers haven't offered him yet.
"LSU just started recruiting me this summer," he said. "It was pretty surprising. LSU obviously has a great program. I'd definitely like to go out and visit them. I'm not too worried about the distance."
Apparently, the Tigers are recruiting Filiaga as a fullback. "I've talked with (offensive coordinator) Gary Crowton and he said they want me as a fullback," he said. "He told me that they really want me to visit them and maybe give them a chance."
Another school that hopes that Filiaga gives them a chance is Arizona. "I haven't had a chance to watch them play this year, but I like the coaches a lot," he said. "I talked with (defensive line) coach Mike Tuiasosopo and he said that they are working hard and thinks that I could help contribute early."
Filiaga is also planning on taking a visit to Stanford as well. "I know they aren't doing too well, but football isn't everything," he said. "Just the academics there keeps them in the mix.
"I like Utah a lot too," Filiaga said. "I like how personal they are with me. It's a player-oriented program and they play similar to BYU."
His team is 2-2 and he's had 25 total tackles with 12 solos, three sacks and two fumbles recovered.
Filiaga reports a 3.8 core GPA and received a 19 ACT and hopes to graduate in December. "I'm going to try to graduate early," he said. "I'm LDS and I plan on going on my two year mission, but my plan is to graduate early, play spring ball, play my freshman year and then go on my mission."