Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo is becoming is heading into the spring evaluation as a hot commodity for 2011.
The 6'4-230 pound rising senior only played six games as a junior but still finished with 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and two fumble recovered with six pass deflections, and was named First Team All-Hillsborough County. He's a force on the field and off, but is still working on getting better for his senior season.
"Things are going great, I'm just working out and training," said Chickillo. "I'm just trying to get bigger and faster, work on my technique and get better as a player."
The Alonso pass-rushing specialist excelled at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio last month, and gives his thoughts on what makes him a good prospect.
"I think what separates me from the others is my technique. My dad played in the NFL and he taught me so much," said Chickillo. "Every time I step on the field I go 100 miles an hour and give it my all. That is what makes me a good football player."
Chickillo's father played for the University of Miami, and he has the UM connections, so does that mean that's where he's heading?
"Miami is one of my favorite schools, but I'm not committed to them," said Chickillo. "I'm still open to all schools."
"The visit to USF went real good," said Chickillo. "I met with Coach Holtz and all the coaches and they offered me a scholarship so it went very good." Anthony added " It felt real good to get a offer from the home town team."
"I spent a couple of hours over there, and got to take a tour of the facilities and meet with the academic advisors. It was real good," said Chickillo. "The facilities were real nice."
Chickillo got to spend time with the Bulls new head coach Holtz and also with defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, and liked what he heard.
"Coach Holts said he loves the way I play and loves my character and want s me to be part of his team," said Chickillo. "Coach Patrick and all the coaches love the way I use my hands and that separates' me from everybody else. I had a good time with all of them."
Alonso is only a short distance from the USF campus and Chickillo has been to several USF games in the past, but said there were a few things that he found out about USF that surprised him.
"I found out a lot about the school and how they treat academics," said Chickillo. "The weight room was real nice and I got to see the whole facilities. I live close but I never seen them all before and it was real nice."
The sought after recruit has seen a slew of offers come his way. Besides the USF offer yesterday he Also got ones from Nebraska, Iowa, and South Carolina, and today received an offer from Ohio State. That brings his total up to 17 offers including offers from Miami, Florida State, Florida, UNC, Duke, Louisville, UConn, FIU, UCF, Purdue, and Wake Forest.
With Miami looking like the early favorite, but with offers coming in everyday is the sought after prospect open to other schools or have a short list of favorites?
"All I can say right now is that I'm open to all schools," said Chickillo. "Miami has recruited me very hard and are one of my favorites, but right now I have 17 schools that have offered me, and I like them all. I just got to narrow it down."
"I'll look at the school, the education at the school, and my relationship with the coaches there," said Chickillo.
The spring evaluation period isn't even here yet, and every day his mail box is full of letters, but he's taking it all in stride.
"I don't even know how many I'll get in a day or a week. The days not even over yet and I may get some more," said Chickillo. "My family is real proud, but I just got to keep working hard and keep my eye on the prize."
In the classroom Chickillo carries a 4.2 GPA with a 3.3 core, and hasn't taken a placement test yet.
Chickillo plans on having a busy spring. He plans on going to FSU next weekend and will be going to several junior days including USF's on March 6th. He also plans on visiting Miami, Florida, and will also see out of state schools as well.
Stick with USFNation as we follow Chickillo's recruitment and the rest of the class of 2011!