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Figuring It Out
Anthony Chickillo, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound four-star defensive end/outside linebacker from Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., remains focused on Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, Alabama and Tennessee. All have offered. "I don't have a leader out of these schools right now, but they are the six that I'm looking real hard at," Chickillo said. "But there's also a lot of other schools that are recruiting me real hard, so I'm still just trying to figure this whole thing out." Chickillo maintains his big six are all throwing out equal interest. "They're pretty much all recruiting me really hard," he said. "All the different position coaches from each staff are constantly sending me letters, my parents letters, sending out emails, hitting me up on Facebook, and just always talking to me and showing a lot of interest." Some think that Chickillo is a lock to sign with a Florida school. The question remains is which one? However, Chickillo says don't count him in to commit to a Florida program anytime soon. "The Florida schools in my list are all great schools, but there's also a lot of other out-of-state schools that are recruiting me just as hard. And I don't really have a preference right now whether a school is close to home or far away," he said. "I'm just looking for the best school for me where I'll fit in playing my position, fit in with the coaches and a school where I can see myself spending the next four years of my life," Chickillo said. "To me it's all about how I bond with the guys on the team, and with the coaches, because I'm going to be spending a lot of time around all of them. But really, you can't go wrong with any of the schools that have offered me." Chickillo has seen his share of programs this summer and says he's made visits to all of the Florida schools in his top six, while also getting out to Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Ole Miss. "I'm really trying to make my decision sooner than later," he said. "I've made a lot of visits so far and learned a lot throughout this entire process. I've talked with so many coaches that I've always dreamed of talking to and have been truly blessed by this whole thing. It's overwhelming at times, but once you figure out where you want to go, you really want the whole world to know. Right now, I'm trying to figure out what school that is." Chickillo said he has yet to set up any dates for his official visits. "There's a couple of schools I want to check out, but right now I'm taking a break from the recruiting process and staying focused on the season," he said. Chickillo claims 50 offers and says about 20 of those schools are recruiting him to play outside linebacker. "I'm really more comfortable coming off the edge as a defensive end and playing with my hand in the dirt," he said. Alonso High School will take on Freedom High this Friday in a pre-season game. Chickillo reports a 4.5 GPA and a 24 on the ACT.
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