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February 5, 2014

Switch to DE took Filer to NEO

CHICKASHA —

TJ Filer's switch from linebacker to defensive end last season proved to be more important than originally thought.

Aside from helping Chickasha to its first playoff game since 2006, it is also a big reason why Filer spent Wednesday morning signing for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M on scholarship.

"That's the main reason my college is paid for, because they can put me in a lot of places on the field and I can be pretty effective," Filer said. "The coach talked about moving me back to linebacker. I might go there, or I might end up back at defensive end."

Filer is the first Fightin' Chick to sign for a college, although they could see two more go onto play at the next level in the coming weeks. This decision was easy to make after he paid a visit to the campus and did some research.

"When I went up there on a visit, I got to see the campus and that they had spent $40 million on an athletic facility," he said. "They were getting a new stadium, jumbotron, and that appeals to any athlete. It shows they really care about it."

There's also the matter of looking beyond the two-year school. Filer said he has dreamed of Division I competition since first stepped onto a football field, and NEO has a track record of players moving up.

"NEO is a well-known football school," Filer said. "A lot of Division I recruiters come out. Last Spring they said they had 63 Division I scouts recruit out of there. That's been my dream since I was a kid."

But in the meantime, Filer must now focus on a work out schedule to prepare him for the next level.

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