New University of Miami head football coach Al Golden moved quickly when he took over the position. One of his first goals was to win back the confidence of Hurricanes' commitment Anthony Chickillo.
Whatever he did, it worked.
Tampa Alonso DE Anthony Chickillo (6-3, 236) reaffirmed his commitment to the Hurricanes and did so with plenty of enthusiasm.
"Everything is great," Chickillo said in a phone interview. "Coach (Al) Golden and the things we're going to do at Miami, it's unbelievable.
"We want to bring a sixth national championship back to Miami. The energy and the enthusiasm going through the program right now is unbelievable. We're going to do it and I'm looking forward to being a part of it."
He might have been heavily persuaded by other colleges after former head coach Randy Shannon was fired, but Chickillo never decommitted from UM.
"The schools I visited are all great schools ... Florida, Miami, North Carolina," he said. "But Miami, 100 percent, I just knew that's where I was going to go."
The pledge keeps the family tradition going. Chickillo's father and grandfather also played at UM.
Anthony said he did not feel pressure from the family.
"He just wanted what was best for me and for me to be successful in whatever I choose to do," Chickillo said of his father."
Chickillo sounded like he was ready to start two-a-days on Sunday.
"No doubt about it. Great things are about to happen in Miami. I can't wait to get started," he said.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun