Chickillo's Big Motor

Anthony Chickillo

Anthony Chickillo says the in-state schools are recruiting him the most. "Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida," Chickillo said. "Those are the ones. I really like the defensive line coach (Odell Haggins) at Florida State. He's really cool and so is coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he'll bring the program back to where they used to be. Coach Fisher is really laid-back. But you know..."

Anthony Chickillo, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star defensive end from Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., recently returned from a massive road trip which saw him visit six different schools.

Chickillo, ranked as the No. 27 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, still denies a leader or any group of favorites, but recently visited Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee. All of those schools have offered (Auburn and Ole Miss offered after his visit).

"I like defensive line coach Tracy Rocker (at Auburn)," Chickillo said. "He won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Trophy, so he's for real. He's been there and is very successful, so you've gotta listen to him."

But Chickillo admits he's also a fan of Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt. "He's a great guy," he said. "He's just very straight-forward and honest and was easy to talk to.

"Ole Miss is a really beautiful place," he said.

While at Ole Miss, Chickillo also participated in the Rebels camp. He also camped at Alabama and Georgia. He was supposed to attend USC Rising Stars camp but couldn't make it. "I didn't really have anyone to go with me," he said. "My dad got a new job and couldn't take the time off."

But Chickillo insists the Trojans are still very much in it. "I think I'll probably just visit them officially," he said about USC.

Chickillo admits he was eager to find out the NCAA's verdict against the Trojans and says he was surprised by how "harsh it was."

"I definitely wanted to know what was gonna happen, but I wasn't expecting that," he said about the NCAA ruling. "It seemed pretty bad."

He says he was comforted after talking with coach Lane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron. "They both told me not to worry about it too much," he said. "They explained that it would really only affect me for one year and that's not that big of a deal. They seemed very honest and upfront about it all."

The Trojans have already offered Chickillo as well.

He says the in-state school are recruiting him the most. "Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida," he said. "Those are the ones.

"I really like the defensive line coach (Odell Haggins) at Florida State," he said. "He's really cool and so is coach Jimbo Fisher. I think he'll bring the program back to where they used to be.

"Coach Fisher is really laid-back," he said. "But you know he pushes you on the field."

Chickillo already visited the Seminoles and will be visiting their in-state rivals, Florida and South Florida next week.

All of the major in-state programs have offered him as well.

Another coach who stood out during his visits was Tennessee's defensive line coach Chuck Smith. "He's cool," he said. "He's worked with a ton of NFL guys. Guys like Osi Umenyiora, Albert Haynesworth, Michael Johnson, Richard Seymour. He knows what he's talking about. The list goes on and on of NFL guys he's coached.

"He told me he loves my motor and how I go 100 miles per hour all the time," he said.

Chickillo has not scheduled any official visits yet, but plans to take all five.

"I really haven't narrowed it down yet and I don't know when I will," he said. "I just got back from this big trip so I'm trying to think about everyone I've seen, but right now I'm just getting ready to focus on my season. I don't want to worry about recruiting for a while."

Alonso High School open their 2010 season on Aug. 28 against Freedom High School, also from Tampa, Fla.

Some of the other schools that have offered Chickillo are Stanford, Syracuse, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest and several others.

Chickillo reports a 4.2 (out of 4) core GPA and a 24 ACT.

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