Anthony Chickillo having record season

November, 9, 2010
Going into his final season, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo set some lofty individual goals. One was to led the state Florida in sacks. So far, so good.

"I believe I am leading the state in sacks with 17. I think I also have 120 tackles and 48 tackles for a loss," Chickillo said. "It's been a good year so far. I thought I could have a big year after having 12.5 sacks in six games last season. More than that, we are in the playoffs. I am very excited about that and our game this weekend."

While Alonso is just 4-5, it will play Newsome in the first round of the playoffs on November 19th. Before that, it hosts a very talented Armwood on Friday.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to go up against those guys. Heck, I know a lot of their players and I am good friends with many of them," he said. "They are loaded this year, no doubt about that. But I will try and prove and show that I am the best player on the field. I want to dominate the line of scrimmage."

Last week Chickillo, an Under Armour All-American, had a monster game against his old team, Tampa Gaither. He scored two offensive touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, and returned an interception 40 yards for a score. He also had 10 tackles and three sacks.

"That was my ex-team and I was fired up," he said. "I had a good game and did a little too much celebrating."

Chickillo has long been committed to the University of Miami. Despite his decision to play for the Hurricanes, he still plans to make all five of his official visits.

"I will and I am finalizing that stuff right now because I want to pick the right ones. My dad went through the recruiting process and he wants me to do the same and take my visits," Chickillo said. "It's just best if I take them and make sure that Miami is the right choice.

"USF, Tennessee, USC, North Carolina, LSU, Florida and all the schools that offered me are still recruiting me. I am still committed to Miami but still considering everyone that offered me for a visit. The only visit I know I may take right now is USC when they play Notre Dame later this month."

"Some real good teams are losing this year. That's the way it is in college football. Miami has struggled and Jacory is banged up," he said. "They will beat Virginia Tech and end with a good year."

Davis blowing up again
One of the most productive receivers in the Sunshine State over the last two seasons is Andre Davis (Tampa/Jefferson). Last season, Davis caught 72 passes for 1,296 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. This season, he has 36 receptions for over 900 yards and nine scores. He plays on the No. 1 team in 3A and Jefferson has pretty much had its way with their opponents all season long.

"We have Quentin (Williams) as our quarterback and he's the all-time leading passer in Hillsborough County and he's headed to Bethune Cookman. We have another receiver, Chris Moore, that's having a great year and he's committed to Cincinnati," Davis said. "Having these guys really helps out. Quentin can make all the throws and having Chris makes defenses think a little more about how to defend us. We have weapons and this is a blessing. Defenses have to pick their poison."

Davis, 6-1 and 180 pounds, is a better player now than he was at this time a year ago. He's happy with his progression as a receiver.

"I have gotten faster, stronger, and smarter about the game. I am breaking down film and studying guys like A.J. Green and Alshon Jeffery," he said. "They are bigger receivers like me that get the job done. They make plays"

In terms of recruiting there hasn't been much movement with Davis over the past few weeks. He insists that he's close to narrowing things down and taking care of his recruiting business after the season.

"That's when I will do it," he said. "I like Florida State, USF, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, Arkansas and a bunch of teams like that. I think I know of two visits -- West Virginia and Texas Tech. Right now I am just open."

On Friday, Jefferson will close out its season against Plant City before facing Land O'Lakes in the first round of the state playoffs.



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