Quinn Makes Difference for Chickillo

When Dan Quinn was announced as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators one unit that figured to get a boost in recruiting for the Gators is the defensive line. A seven year veteran coach of the NFL, Quinn has a big time reputation and has already sparked extra interest from one major prospect. Count Tampa's Anthony Chickillo as impressed at the hire.

Without knowing the pro game, Dan Quinn may be a question mark for some recruits. The current Seattle Seahawks defensive line coach and a seven year veteran coach of the NFL was just named the defensive coordinator at Florida. Anthony Chickillo doesn't know Quinn. However, he understands what the man's resume brings to the table.

"I have never heard of him before," Chickillo said of Quinn. "I heard he was at Seattle. I will learn more when I take my visit to Florida next week, but he has to be a great coach to be in the NFL. That definitely means something as far as him knowing what it takes to get there.

Chickillo was expected to talk to Quinn sometime on Monday.

"Coach Muschamp said they were naming him and told me to call him tonight (Monday) so I can talk to him," Chickillo said.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp has made Chickillo a priority since his announcement as the Florida head coach. That was made very apparent to Chickillo by Muschamp's actions.

"Coach Muschamp came to my house the day after he got the job," Chickillo said. "That means a lot to me and he told me I am his number one guy. He said I can play in the 3-4 or the 4-3. I can be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 or a defensive end in the 4-3."

According to Chickillo, his technique and quickness are the things that attract college coaches to see him and offer.

"I think I come off the snap real hard and play 110 miles per hour," he said. "Guys can't stop me, and I use my hands real well."

As for what remains in Chickillo's recruitment, he has three visits set including one he has already taken. In the meantime, there are still five teams vying for that last spot. The one time Miami commitment is having to do some last minute investigating in order to make sure he makes the decision that is best for him.

"I already visited North Carolina and I like Coach Davis and the whole staff there," he said. "I am visiting Florida and Miami. My last two visits will be USF, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Notre Dame, or USC. A lot of schools are talking to me now. I try to listen to them all."

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