Heels In The Mix For Chickillo

An in-home visit motivated Anthony Chickillo to officially visiting North Carolina last weekend.

"Coach [Troy] Douglas came to my house that Thursday and my dad really likes Coach [Butch] Davis and my family likes Coach Davis, too, so I decided North Carolina would be my first one," Chickillo said.

Douglas visited Chickillo just days after the 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Tampa (Fla.) Alonso reopened his recruitment on the heels of Miami firing head coach Randy Shannon.

"I wouldn't say I'm committed, but I'm going to wait and see who's going to be the head coach," Chickillo said.

Now, Chickillo says he plans on waiting until Signing Day to announce his college decision.

"UNC is in the mix," Chickillo said. "But I'm going to take all my visits and we'll see what happens after."

Chickillo's official visit schedule was altered on Wednesday by yet another coaching change.

"I was going to go to Florida this weekend, but after everything that happened with Coach [Urban] Meyer, I won't be going," Chickillo said. "I'll probably take one to Miami when they get their coach. I'm probably going to take one to USF. And the other two will be between USC, Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, and Georgia."

The official visit to UNC, which began Friday evening, was Chickillo's first to the campus.

"[The visit] went great," Chickillo said. "I really enjoyed myself, I had a great visit and the people of North Carolina are real good people.

"I learned a lot. I learned a lot about the academic and football side. I learned about the coaching staff being around them. I learned a lot about Coach Davis."

Chickillo met individually with Davis in his office just before ending his official visit on Sunday afternoon.

"Coach Davis was just showing me some video [on] techniques," Chickillo said. "He just was teaching me a little bit."

Additionally, Davis touched on the defensive line coach situation.

"They told me they're going to bring in an NFL guy," Chickillo said. "Coach Davis said they're going to announce it pretty soon. But they're going to bring in somebody with a good resume, he said."

Chickillo also met individually with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"He just told me I have a real good opportunity to come in and be successful as a player and get to play early," Chickillo said. "It was a lot of small talk."

Matt Merletti was Chickillo's player host for the weekend. However, he spent equal time with several other current players, including Quinton Coples and Bryn Renner.

Davis and Douglas are returning to Chickillo's home on Wednesday evening.

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