Chickillo Impressed with Direction of FSU

Tampa-Alonso standout defensive end Anthony Chickillo was one of the many recruits in Tallahassee this past weekend for Junior Day. NoleDigest caught up with the talented defender to talk about his visit and to get the latest news on his recruitment.

The Tampa area is turning into one of the hotbeds of talent in the state of Florida. This year there are several elite recruits in the area. One of those prospects is Tampa-Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo. Chickillo says that his recruitment has really picked up steam over the past few weeks as he now sits as 22 offers with a list of top-flight BCS programs on the verge of offering.

"I'm at 22 offers now from schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and schools like that," said Chickillo. "USC, LSU, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Alabama and UCLA are very close to offering me."

Anthony was at FSU's Seminole Showtime last summer. This past weekend was his most recent visit to FSU. He told NoleDigest that it was a great visit and that the changes within the program are very noticeable.

"The visit went really well and I enjoyed it," said Chickillo. "There was just a different feel to them from when Coach Bowden was there before. With Coach Fisher you can see the changes he is making and that he is heading them in the right direction. He hired a great Strength and Condition coach and the staff seems a lot more up-tempo in that they'll get after it. I enjoyed that a lot. I also liked meeting with Coach Eliot and how he was telling us about workouts. Every visit I've made I've asked the position coach what I needed to work on. Coach Eliot seems like a great young coach I can learn from."

Chickillo says that overall the visit was impressive; from the coaches to the tour of the campus and to the overall direction of the program Anthony liked what he saw over the weekend.

"I like what the coaches had to say," explained Chickillo. "I really think that within two years FSU is going to be back to what it was before. I enjoyed Coach Fisher and I enjoyed talking to him. He is a god coach."

"Overall I enjoyed everything," continued Chickillo. "I liked the academic side and the tour of the campus. I really learned a lot about FSU over the weekend. I came with Coach Diaz this time but next time I come I want to bring my parents so they can see it and get a feel for it."

Coming into the process many have felt that Anthony will end up a Hurricane as both his father and grandfather played at Miami. He says he is open to all of the schools and that he is taking the process in stride.

"I am taking things slow with this process," said Chickillo. "A lot of people think I am a Miami guy because my family went there. That isn't the case. My dad has been helping me with recruiting and he's been telling me to go where I feel the best place is for me. I plan on visiting schools this spring to see what else is out there. Hopefully by the end of spring I will have the list narrowed to a top 10."

Chickillo plans on visiting FSU for their spring game and possibly Seminole Showtime.

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