Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF Bulls still in hunt for top recruit Anthony Chickillo of Alonso

ST. PETERSBURG — The recruiting buzz surrounding Alonso High School defensive end Anthony Chickillo continues to grow, but the coveted recruit said Wednesday night that he's keeping the USF Bulls as one of his official visits, even as other top programs try to join his list of final choices.

Chickillo considers himself a Miami commitment, though that pledge has softened considerably since Randy Shannon was fired. New Hurricanes coach Al Golden will visit his Tampa home Thursday night, and he has official visits lined up to Florida this weekend, then USF on Jan. 14 and Miami on Jan. 21. For his final visit, he's considering Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Tennessee and USC.

Defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick has recruited Chickillo for USF, and the recruit said the relentless way the Bulls have stayed on him is something that's impressed him.

"Coach Patrick, we always talk on the phone. He's a great guy," Chickillo said. "He's been recruiting me the whole time, and I really like him a lot."

Chickillo earned team MVP honors Wednesday, getting the nod over South Carolina phenom Jadeveon Clowney, ranked as ESPNU's No. 1 recruit in the nation. The two bonded during a week of practice and the game and talked about the possibility of playing together in college.

"It would be something. I think we'd be bookends," Chickillo said.

Chickillo will be part of the biggest recruiting weekend the Bulls have ever hosted, with about 25 players expected to visit the Bulls on the same weekend as the team's postseason banquet. Skip Holtz will have a combination of many of his current commitments as well as some of USF's top final targets, players like Chickillo and a half-dozen receivers. USF is believed to have four remaining scholarships in play beyond their current commitments for 2011.

Two of Chickillo's top choices have had coaching changes in the past month, but Miami remains the team to beat -- his father Tony and grandfather Nick also played for the Hurricanes.

"I'm learning about Coach Golden every day," he said. "On Feb. 2, I'll definitely know where I want to go."

USF Bulls still in hunt for top recruit Anthony Chickillo of Alonso 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. For starters: Ramus to DL, Peterson back, no further moves


    We were expecting a flurry of roster moves this afternoon and we got one. OF Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.

    Colby Ramus is on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with left hip tendinitis.
  2. Jameis Winston stats: How the Bucs QB performed under pressure


    Every quarterback's performance declines when he faces pressure from the defense.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston faced pressure on more than 30 percent of his pass plays last season. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Could Lightning deal for a defenseman today?


    Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has been trying to further bolster his blueline, and he may have a chance to acquire one by tonight's first round of the NHL Draft.

    The Lightning is reportedly in on Travis Hamonic (Islanders), though New York is rumored to be asking for two-first round picks.
  4. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  5. Kentucky recruit, former Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox among top prospects for 2018 NBA Draft


    Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft, analysts have already begun looking ahead to 2018.

    Tampa Catholic star Kevin Knox finishes a layup during the McDonald's All-American game in March at the United Center in Chicago. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]