Irish Hope to Get Visit from Chickillo

Based on scholarships alone you have to figure that Anthony Chickillo is one of the top defensive prospects in the 2011 recruiting class. The standout defensive end from Alonso High School (Tampa, Fla.) has nearly 30 scholarship offers and Notre Dame is one of those schools.

Anthony Chickillo (6-foot-3, 230-pounds) probably doesn't need any more scholarship offers. With nearly 30 invitations to play at some of the top programs in the country, Anthony is fairly well set when it comes to his college options.

"Notre Dame is definitely one of my favorite schools," Chickillo said. "With all the history of Notre Dame, I've kind of always been a fan of them since I was little. My dad (Tony) told me he played at Notre Dame, and he said it was a great experience. I just have always had an interest in them.

"My dad has told me before that this is my recruitment and that he's gone through his, so he's going to just let me handle things. He just wants me to find the best place for me and wherever that is, we're going to find it. We're going to visit a lot of schools in the spring and the summer. He's excited, and he likes Notre Dame."

Notre Dame not only has a new coaching staff, but they will be going with a new defensive look next year as well.

"They're going to the ‘3-4'. They see me as an outside linebacker, or defensive end," Chickillo explained. "I like rushing the passer with my hand down, but I wouldn't mind dropping in coverage on some plays to utilize my athleticism.

"I like coach Alford a lot. I talk to him about once a week. He emails me and writes me. I'm really interested in seeing how the new staff comes in and does. Coach Kelly is a great coach, he did great things at Cincinnati and I think he'll come in and do good things at Notre Dame."

Anthony hasn't been to Notre Dame as of yet, but hopefully the Irish will be a part of his travel plans this summer.

"I'm going to visit as many schools as I can this spring and summer," he said. "I'm going to visit Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, North Carolina, Tennessee; I'm going to try to get out to all of the schools. I'm going to visit as many as I can this spring.

"I'm going to be graduating early, so by the end of this summer, I want to know my top five schools. If I visit a school and I feel that it's the right placed for me and I feel that's where I need to be, I'll commit, no problem.

"I made that decision when I was in eighth grade," Anthony recalled. "I started taking classes then, so I could graduate early. I made this decision a long time ago, and now it's right around the corner. I'm excited about it. I just want to get up to the school that I go to and compete for some playing time as a freshman." Top Stories