One rumor from this past weekend was that 5-10, 175-pound cornerback recruit DeAndre Filer , a star for Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, had joined fellow official visitors Rico Bell, John Bivens and Ras-I Dowling in committing to the University of Virginia. Is there any truth to this?
“No. I haven’t made a decision,” Filer answered. “I want to weigh my options, but Virginia is definitely at the top of the list. I think I want to take a couple more official visits and then make a decision in late January or early February. I definitely want to decide before the signing day.”
Filer, who claims offers from Clemson, Maryland, Michigan State and N.C. State in addition to UVa, is also receiving interest from Virginia Tech. He talked about his official visit to UVa this past weekend, which was a very successful one for the Cavs.
“I felt at home,” Filer said of his UVa experience. He was hosted by Chris Cook and Jamaal Jackson. “I could see myself there. Chris took me under his wing when I got there. Coach Groh was talking about me coming down there and how I fit into the program. He said he would love to have me there. As for an overall grade, I would give it an A. I’ve been liking the school since the ninth grade, anyway. Right now, Virginia is far and away the top school. I feel like part of the team.”
As for other visits, Filer mentioned Maryland and Virginia Tech as schools he would like to see. He didn’t rule out the possibility of taking all five officials, either.
As a senior this year, Filer estimates that he had between 600 and 700 yards receiving. Defensively, he made 70 tackles and six interceptions at cornerback. Cornerback is the position where Filer gained notice from the UVa staff, and it’s the position schools are recruiting him to play.
“Coach Groh told me he liked DeAndre after their summer camp this year,” Indian River head coach Elisha Harris said. “He told me he wanted to recruit him. He watched him throughout the camp and thought he had shutdown corner capabilities. DeAndre jumped out to them at the camp. He covered all of the receivers they put in front of him.”
What makes Filer such a good corner?
“My speed, my hips and I’m a smart player,” Filer said. “I’m a hard worker. After practice and homework were done, I’d study more film on the receivers I was going against the next week. I would learn their tendencies and I would use their tendencies to my advantage.”
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