Chickillo Planning UNC Visit

Anthony Chickillo is in the midst of planning out a summer visit to North Carolina.

"We're still working on it, but it's going to happen," Chickillo said. "[The visit will take place] probably sometime in the summer, because that's when I'm going to visit a lot of schools."

Chickillo, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Tampa (Fla.) Alonso, has already visited all the schools in Florida. Besides UNC, he's looking into visiting Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Over 40 schools have offered Chickillo a scholarship.

Although he currently isn't favoring any schools, Chickillo believes his summer visits will help him assemble a top five schools list.

"[During each visit], I'll just talk to the coaches, talk to my position coach [and] see what he's like [and] what he does in practice, go around the facilities [and] seeing all the things the campus has, and just really talking to the people there and the coaches," Chickillo said.

Chickillo, who will graduate from high school in December, plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

"[I'll commit] when I feel right with the school and I'm ready," Chickillo said. "It's the place I'm going to spend the next four years of my life. It's a big decision, so I know I have to make sure it's the right place for me."

UNC's "in" is the presence of Butch Davis.

"My family, we're big fans of Coach Davis," Chickillo said. "My dad and Coach Davis are good friends."

Chickillo's father, Tony, was a graduate assistant at Miami when Davis was coaching there.

"I wouldn't say [it gives UNC] an advantage, but I'm familiar with him," Chickillo said.

The elder Chickillo, also a defensive lineman, played at Miami and then went on to have a three-year NFL career that included stints with Tampa Bay, San Diego and the New York Jets. Chickillo's grandfather, Nick, also played his college ball at Miami and played professionally in the NFL.

Chickillo ended his junior season with 72 tackles, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and six pass breakups – in just six game. He broke his collarbone in the season opener but returned to action five weeks later.

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