Anthony Chickillo has no favorites 

September, 3, 2010
With less than a week before his decision, four-star defensive lineman Anthony Chickillo (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) wants to make something clear -- he has no favorites.

"I'm down to six schools, Alabama, Miami, Florida, FSU, South Florida and Tennessee," Chickillo said. "I'm down to those six school and I feel comfortable at each of them. I've visited them all."

Most people have linked Chickillo to Miami since his junior season. His father and grandfather both played for the Hurricanes and Chickillo has known Miami coach Randy Shannon since he was a toddler.

"He's known me since I was stumbling around in diapers," Chickillo added.

But the Hurricanes have been very serious about his recruitment.

"They have been recruiting me the hardest of every school," Chickillo said. "It's constant conversation. They keep telling me they can't lose me.

"I'm not thinking about this at the school where my dad and grandfather played, this decision will based on me and how I feel."

But the other schools haven't given up the fight. Florida has put in a big push in the past 30 days and Chickillo also sees an intriguing opportunity at Tennessee.

"Coach Chuck Smith has a great reputation and he played many years in the league," Chickillo said. "He knows the position very well and I know they need linemen there."

He has a similarly-strong relationship with Kevin Patrick, the defensive line coach at South Florida.

"He is like a big brother to me," Chickillo said. "We don't talk a lot about football at all, it's most about family."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder will make his decision Thursday at his school. Chickillo says he's going to try to come up with something creative.

"I saw how James [Wilder II] did his thing and was faking out the crowd," Chickillo said. "I'm going to come up with something."

As for now, Chickillo is preparing for his season opener again Brandon (Brandon, Fla.). He says that he is aware of the target on his back this season.

"I know everyone's going to be gunning for me, but that's ok," Chickillo added. "I'm ready to get this season started."



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