ORLANDO — Former former Alonso standout and current Miami freshman Anthony Chickillo took home the MVP award from last year’s winning team in the Under Armour All-America game.
And he’d like to that prize stay in the Tampa Bay area.
“I hope (Lakewood’s) Dante (Fowler Jr.) wins that MVP award,” Chickillo said Wednesday. “That would be pretty cool.”
Fowler, like Chickillo last year, will line up at defensive end Thursday opposite the No. 1 recruit in the nation. While playing with Jadeveon Clowney, the South Carolina defensive end who was recently named SEC freshman of the year, Chickillo registered four tackles, 1½ sacks, a fumble recovery and one quarterback hit as his team won 24-22.
Fowler will be on the line for Team Blur with Mario Edwards Jr., the highly touted defensive end from Denton (Texas) Ryan. Edwards is committed to Florida State, along with Fowler and another Team Blur defensive end, Chris Casher. All three prospective Seminoles are gunning for MVP honors.
“We got into an argument about that last night at our hotel, talking about who would be MVP,” Fowler said. He added that Channing Ward, an uncommitted defensive end from Aberdeen, Miss., was also in on the competition.
Truth Talk: Chickillo, who started the last nine games of the season for the Hurricanes and was tied for the team lead with five sacks, was at the final practice watching the three Miami recruits and a few others who are considering the Hurricanes. When asked which commit he was most excited to see join the Hurricanes, he singled out RB Randy “Duke” Johnson.
“He’s a beast,” Chickillo said of his future teammate. “I’m really looking forward to him coming down and joining our team.”
After watching Johnson, a senior from Miami Norland, score five touchdowns and take home MVP honors in last month’s Class 5A state title game, Chickillo tweeted, “This boy Duke Johnson is the truth.”
Helping out: After practice, the players traveled to Robinswood Middle School, where they helped lay sod as part of the school’s field restoration project. After finishing, a few of the middle school boys wanted to challenge the All-Americans in a blocking contest. When Edwards, who is listed at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, showed up, though, all the challengers suddenly went quiet.
Injury update: Berkeley Prep RB Nelson Agholor announced on Twitter that he would not play in Thursday's game because of his right shoulder injury sustained in Berkeley Prep’s Class 3A state semifinal loss.
“I won’t be playing tomorrow, I need to take care of this shoulder so I can have a major comeback,” he wrote.
Agholor is uncommitted and is considering Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, Oklahoma and Southern California.