Alonso's Chickillo enjoys UNC visit, heads to UF this week



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Mon. December 6, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

North Carolina has emerged as one of Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo’s top schools.

Chickillo made North Carolina his first official visit stop this past weekend since he reopened his recruiting in the wake of Randy Shannon’s firing at Miami two weekends ago.

Much like his connection to Miami – he would be a third-generation Hurricane – he has deep roots to the Tar Heels. Chickillo’s father, Tony, was a graduate assistant at Miami when current Tar Heels coach Butch Davis was defensive line coach for the Hurricanes.

“They've been on my radar,” Chickillo said. “The trip went really good. Coach Davis and my family have had a really good relationship for a long time. The people in North Carolina are great people. It was a beautiful.”

While Chickillo hasn’t decommitted from Miami – he said he still plans to take an official visit there – he said he will use all five of his official visits.

He said he will visit Florida this weekend and make an official to USF on Jan. 15. He said he’s still trying to decide where to take his final visit. 

This season, Chickillo averaged 11.3 tackles a game and his 18 sacks were the most in the state, according to MaxPreps.

On Thursday, Chickillo will be officially invited to participate in this year's Under Armour All-American Game, which will be held at Tropicana Field on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. and broadcast live on ESPN.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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