"It was a great weekend. On a scale of 1 to 10 it was a 15. Talking to Coach Golden, there is no doubt in my mind that a national championship is going to be brought to Miami," Chickillo said following his visit.
What does that mean in terms of his commitment status?
"I'm 200% committed to Miami."
Chickillo, who would be the third member of his family to play football for the Hurricanes (his father and grandfather both played at UM), had been around the program for years, but visiting the campus this weekend still had a profound effect on him.
"Just getting to the campus. Right when I pulled up to the campus, you know I've been around the Miami program for a long time now, since I was 6 years old. I was around in 2001 and 2002 when Miami was on top of the college football world. Right when I stepped on to the campus I got goose bumps because of the excitement that Coach Golden has brought and the enthusiasm, I remembered that feeling I had when Miami was dominant. The feeling is back. Coach Golden and his staff are going to do great things together and I can't wait to get down there with my teammates and just start working."
Chickillo shared his enthusiasm with some of the more than a dozen prospects who were at Miami this weekend for their official visits, and enjoyed spending time with them.
"Those are some great guys. Me and Denzel committed and we're going to get a couple more commits from that visit. They're a bunch of great guys and they are fun to be around," Chickillo said of the other visitors.
During his visit, Chickillo had a chance to sit down with Coach Al Golden. He came away very impressed with Miami's new head coach.
"The energy and enthusiasm. Everything that I want the Miami program to be, he wants," Chickillo said of Golden.
"He wants to bring home national championships. He wants Miami to be the most dominant program in college football because that's the way it should be. It's us against the world. That mentality is back. Coach Golden is the type of guy who will play anybody anywhere. We're not backing down, and we're ready to go."
Chickillo also spoke about how he and his father both also came away impressed by Jethro Franklin, Chickillo's potential future DL coach.
"My dad is excited. He said the same thing as me. He loves Coach Golden and his mindset, and Coach Franklin on the DLine. I've been recruited by over 60 schools and he's the best one I've talked to. He's been in the League, he's coached in the League, he's coached 22 years on the DLine, he knows technique and he's just outstanding. The only thing that worries me about Coach Franklin is that he's such a good coach that he'll become a head coach one day."
Chickillo was so impressed by his visit to Miami that he has shut down his recruiting process. He will take no more visits and will sign with Miami on National Signing Day.
"No, no. I'm done. I'm done," Chickillo said about taking other visits.