Alonso's Chickillo nixes UF visit, all but eliminates Gators



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Wed. December 8, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

After the events of the past 12 days, Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo feels like he's been on a recruiting carousel.  

And after the most recent major college football coaching departure, he says wants to play college football at a school with stability.

Just two weeks ago, Chickillo solidly considered himself a future Miami Hurricane, but on Nov. 28, 'Canes coach Randy Shannon was fired.

Chickillo then warmed to the idea of going to Florida -- the Gators were his No. 2 school when he committed in September -- and had planned an official visit there for this weekend, but on Wednesday, Gators coach Urban Meyer suddenly announced his resignation.

“I don’t know,” Chickillo said. “Every school I seem to like, the coach starts to leave.”

Chickillo does know this: He is canceling his visit to UF this weekend.

He visited North Carolina last weekend and still has an official to USF slated for Jan. 15. He plans to still visit Miami once a new head coach is hired there. But as of now, the Gators suddenly don’t appear to be in his plans.

“I’ve got to take my visits,” said Chickillo, who still considers himself a UM commit. “At Florida, it’s a place where a lot of coaches are coming and going to other opportunities. I don’t know if it’s a good place to go right now."

Former UF assistant head coach Dan McCarney, who had been recruiting Chickillo, took the head coaching job at North Texas late last month. Meyer then immediately picked up Chickillo’s recruiting.

That obviously didn’t last long. Just two days ago, Gators offensive coordinator Steve Addazio made an in-home visit.

“I had a good relationship with Coach McCarney and Coach Meyer called me a lot recently," Chickillo said. "I was pretty surprised. I guess it’s all a part of the business. I’m really learning that right now.”

Chickillo said he will have to narrow down a list that included Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech to choose his final two visits. Right now, Florida is not on that list.

Meanwhile, other schools continue to put on the press – Chickillo was awaiting an in-home visit from UNC head coach Butch Davis on Wednesday night and said TCU was stopping by Alonso on Thursday.

“It’s all pretty crazy,” Chickillo said.

Chickillo averaged 12.3 tackles this season and tallied 18 sacks, which is the most in Florida according to MaxPreps.

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

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