UT assistant Smith impresses recruit

Tennessee is on the final list of schools for defensive end Anthony Chickillo from Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Chickillo will choose among UT, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida on Sept. 9.

Chickillo, who visited UT in July, said he's mostly considered the Vols because of defensive line coach Chuck Smith.

"He's pretty much been all of it," Chickillo said of his interest in UT. "When I went to Tennessee he showed me everything. It was beautiful in Tennessee and I could really see myself playing there."

UT could use him.

Chickillo is ranked the nation's 8th-best weakside defensive end by Rivals.com.

He's the nation's 19th-best overall defensive end, according to Scout.com.

Chickillo said he hopes that ability will help him reach the NFL.

That's why he's intrigued by the idea of playing for Smith, who's trained such NFL defensive linemen as Albert Haynesworth, Calvin Pace and Osi Umenyiora.

"He's the best in the business," Chickillo said of Smith. "No doubt about it."

Chickillo also likes the direction of UT under head coach Derek Dooley.

Chickillo said the two met for about an hour during his visit to Knoxville.

"Coach Dooley was great," Chickillo said. "He's a young guy and he seems like a player's coach.

"All the players liked him. He brought in a great staff and I think he's going to do a great job at Tennessee."

Chickillo knows plenty about the job being done at Miami.

Chickillo's father, Tony Chickillo, and his grandfather, the late Nick Chickillo, both played football at Miami.

That connection has led many to believe Chickillo will pick the Hurricanes.

While Chickillo might choose Miami, he insisted his father has encouraged him to consider every school, not just the Hurricanes.

"My dad hasn't put any press on me to go to Miami," Chickillo said. "He wants what's best for me and what's best for my family's future."

Chickillo, who said he hasn't chosen his school, plans to enroll in college in January.

Visits Set: Safety Avery Walls from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., has scheduled several visits for the fall.

The 5-10, 185-pound Walls will take an unofficial visit to UT on Sept. 11 to watch the Vols play Oregon, according to SuperPrep.com.

Walls has official visits scheduled to Michigan this weekend, Oregon on Oct. 2 and California on Oct. 9.

Final Five: UT remains in the race for defensive lineman Maurice Couch from Garden City (Kan.) Community College.

The 6-2, 290-pound Couch told RebelSports.net he's most strongly considering Kansas and Southern California.

He said Kansas is "probably" his leader.

UT, Ole Miss and South Carolina are the other schools he's considering.

Couch said he plans to take official visits to all five schools before he makes his decision.

Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.

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VolGrad writes:

Bring 'em in, Chuck.

Go Big Orange!!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Couch's other two are Kansas and So. Cal. Ouch !! that's some bad karma!!

oskie_score writes:

In addition to Rivals & Scout evals he's also #80 on ESPN 150...

http://insider.espn.go.com/college-fo...

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

This would be a SOLID p/u...think of a Will Overstreet type player.

dgcarter43 writes:

Anthony is expected to make his announcement next week so let's hope it will be the Vols. From what I've read, he runs through blockers and is virtually unstoppable. He would be a great addition to the defense. From now to signing day, I believe CDD will be concentrating on the cream of the crop and will get his share of the prize recruits.

seaplane#216536 writes:

My son-in-law coached Chickillo last year at Alonso. He said he's the real deal. Best he's seen in a long time. Definitely NFL material. We need to go real hard after this one.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

The UT depth chart is certainly an enticement for a kid that wants to play right away, but UF has been recruiting him for years and will also have some PT available for a frosh DE next year.

Even if he doesn't pick UF, he's also been recruited hard by FSU and Miami for a long time. That's a tough trio to beat.

I just don't think this Florida kid is leaving the state.

DC_Vol writes:

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I agree Naval,

Chuck Smith will make the Defensive Line a position of strength in the future. He will coach up this years DLine and the recruits will come after they see what an incredible job he has performed. How nice will it be not to have to worry about defensive line recruites every year? The top recruits will begin to sign with UT earlier and earlier to ensure they have a place on the team and will be coached by Chuck Smith NFL veteran and NFL coach, who will help them prepare for the next level. The future looks very bright for UT's DLine. Go Vols!!!

tnsportsman writes:

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Totally Agree Navalorange!

CHUCK, CHUCK! Go get em Coach Smith!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

whistlinwingman writes:

Chuck Smith brings the Trooper Taylor effect back to the program..IMO. Players love him and he is one heckuva coach. We have been missing this since Taylor left. Matter of fact we have been missing alot of stuff since he left. Guys like Chuck Smith will help bring this program back to what it was and pulling in dudes like this will make it happen sooner.

Brillovol writes:

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Look past the exuberance Trooper had and see the results. When he coached our receivers, they excelled. When he coached our RB's, they excelled. Not to mention he was one heckuva recruiter. I think that's what everyone's getting at. Really, we don't have many results to show for Chuck's coaching, but time will tell. Personally, I'd rather have him than Troop, but I'd also take 'em both!

CroKev writes:

A little small for DE maybe?

Orangeblood13 writes:

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witchdoctor you are not my friend

Mobbdeep4life writes:

Chuck Smith's reputation with helping NFL D-lineman will be a benefit to UT. Chickillo would be a great pickup. I wouldn't be upset if Couch chose UT also. He could come in and get immediate playing time next year. With the season starting we'll start to get more news about recruits. Hope plenty of D-linemen take official visits this fall.

VOLliven2it writes:

Hey I hope we get him. But it is good to have the vibes of Chuck Smith as our D-line coach. He will do incredible things. I hope we see some great results this year. Go Chuck, Go D and come on great potential players. Here's the ticket.

nocleats writes:

in response to Lizardgrad89:

The UT depth chart is certainly an enticement for a kid that wants to play right away, but UF has been recruiting him for years and will also have some PT available for a frosh DE next year.

Even if he doesn't pick UF, he's also been recruited hard by FSU and Miami for a long time. That's a tough trio to beat.

I just don't think this Florida kid is leaving the state.

He told a reporter from Valdosta that he thought Miami coach would not be there for 4 years and he thought urban was a tool!

whistlinwingman writes:

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My point is that he got on the players level and got their attention to do what they needed to so they could get better. Having old stale coaches around all the time is what started this toilet bowl flushing to get us to where we are now. I could care less if Taylor wore a backwards hat or chest bumped. He got his guy's attention. Better than Fulmer patting them on the turd-cutter. When they screwed up or did something phenomenal they got the same ole love pat from CPF.

samuelroger4 writes:

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I agree sir; but, I worked with Trooper in 2005 and he WAS definitely an asst who motivated his troops; he was good for our program, but Smith has got all that and some....GO VOLS!

wctnvolfan writes:

Reel'em in Coach - Thank You!!

ChuyitoDawg writes:

Good luck with this Chickillo kid, dude showed up to a UGA camp and was man-handling the competition. He was abusing DeBell among others. UGA came hard after him but I believe its down to FL State and Miami, he and Wilder are best friends so that may play a role. Coach Richt actually was a teammate of Anthony's dad back in their Miami days, that connection did not work out for us.

On Coach Smith, dude is for real and any D line prospect should really consider playing for him. Sooner or later you will land some high D line recruits with Smith there.

BubbaJ writes:

Could Chuck Smith be another Rodney Garner?

Lizardgrad89 writes:

nocleats writes:
in response to Lizardgrad89:

The UT depth chart is certainly an enticement for a kid that wants to play right away, but UF has been recruiting him for years and will also have some PT available for a frosh DE next year.

Even if he doesn't pick UF, he's also been recruited hard by FSU and Miami for a long time. That's a tough trio to beat.

I just don't think this Florida kid is leaving the state.

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He told a reporter from Valdosta that he thought Miami coach would not be there for 4 years and he thought urban was a tool!

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So you know what he told "some reporter from Valdosta", but you don't know that both his Father AND Grandfather played football for the University of Miami? Interesting.

This kid isn't leaving the state. He may not come to UF, but he definitely isn't going to UT.

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