Florida DE liking Tennessee's coaching staff

If anyone is worried that Derek Dooley isn't going after some of the top talent in the country, that concern should be put to rest. The Vols are recruiting one of the top defensive ends out of Florida. Go "Inside" to find out what the son of a former NFL great has to say about Rocky Top.

If anyone is worried that Derek Dooley isn't going after some of the top talent in the country, that concern should be put to rest.

Dooley and his coaching staff are going after one of Florida's top defensive ends in Tampa's Anthony Chickillo.

Chickillo, who has over 35 official offers already as a junior, is the son of former Miami Hurricane and NFL standout Tony Chickillo.

Another former NFL defensive lineman Tennessee Coach Chuck Smith apparently is doing a great job recruiting the talented defensive prospect.

"Tennessee is one of my favorite schools," Chickillo told InsideTennessee.com. "I haven't got a chance to see the school yet, but I have built a pretty solid relationship with Coach Smith."

Chickillo plans on getting his first view of Rocky Top sometime this spring.

"Coach Smith wants me to come down for a spring practice or the spring game," Chickillo said. "Coach Smith likes the way I play. He is telling me that he can help me get to the next level."

Getting help with his game is nothing new for the defensive end. He accredits his father for his solid fundamentals and technique. When asked what makes him such a good defensive end, he was quick to praise his father.

"My fundamentals and technique are really good," Chickillo said. "My dad has been working with me for as long as I can remember. He has taught me so much about the game of football and life."

As one of the Florida defenders early favorites, Tennessee is up there with some big name schools.

"Right now it's Tennessee, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Florida State, USC, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Tech, I have narrowed it down to those so far," Chickillo said. "Everyone is pretty even out of those schools."

Anthony's father Tony played his college football at Miami and began his NFL career with the Tampa Bucs before playing with San Diego, and the New York Jets.

"I will definitely take a visit to Tennessee," Chickillo said. "I can't wait to get up there and see first hand what Rocky Top is all about. I got the offer from Tennessee about two weeks ago, it was great I was very excited to get it."


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