Plenty of Options

After Miami's firing head coach Randy Shannon, several of the Hurricane's 2011 commitments have decided to open up their recruitment. Defensive end, Anthony Chickillo from Alonso High School (Tampa, Fla.) is one prospect that wants to explore his options.

When Anthony Chickillo (6-foot-4, 235-pounds) committed to Miami, he was certain that he was going to sign with them on signing day. Now that Miami if searching for a new head coach, Chickillo may be looking for a new school.

"I was committed to the University of Miami," Chickillo said. "After coach Shannon got fired, I woke up with 56 missed calls and 43 text messages from across the country. At that time, my recruitment opened up again.

"Notre Dame was a school that I had interest in before. I know the history of Notre Dame and it has so much football history and great academics, so that's my interest in Notre Dame.

Notre Dame ramped up its recruitment of Chickillo quickly and he began making plans to take an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. But it looks like those plans have fallen through.

"I'm not going to be visiting this weekend," Chickillo explained. "Coach Alford stopped by my house yesterday and the official visit this weekend was talked about heavily. But whatever school I go to, I want my family to be able to see it. In the end, it was just a little too short of notice to get it done this weekend.

"I just told coach Alford that I have to sit down with my family and discuss where I want to visit. I have a great relationship with coach Alford. He's a great coach and a great recruiter and I have a lot of respect for him. If I did take a visit to Notre Dame it would be January 22."

In addition to Notre Dame and Miami, Anthony is considering Florida, Alabama, South Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, and USC.

"I'm talking to a lot of schools right now," he said "I just have to decide what schools I'm going to visit at this time. I have to think about what's best for me and my future. I need to talk to all these coaches that want to talk to me and set up my visits.

"I'm still kind of shocked by this whole thing. I had a great relationship with coach Shannon and the old staff. I don't know who will be the next head coach at Miami, so I'll to wait and see who that's going to be."
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