Tampa Alonzo defensive end Anthony Chickillo had heard the University of Miami had narrowed it's football coaching search down to three coaches, but he was informed Sunday night that the next Hurricanes' coach would be Al Golden, who comes in after turning around the football program at Temple.
"I didn't know that. I heard they narrowed it down. I don't know anything about him," said Chickillo, who was also asked if it helps that Miami was quick to replace fired coach Randy Shannon. "It hasn't been that quick. It's been about three weeks.
"I really don't know where I stand with Miami right now. I've been getting a lot of calls from a lot of different schools and they all want me to take visits."
Chickillo, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, who is definitely bothered by the situation at Miami but has remained committed in a wait-and-see mode, took a visit to North Carolina in the time since Shannon was fired. He said he will take his remaining four visits in January.
The Chickillo family has always had strong Miami ties. Anthony's father and grandfather played for the Hurricanes. That loyalty, however, was a bit tainted by what has gone on during the past few weeks.
"It doesn't effect it at all," Chickllo said of his family ties to UM. "I was real close with coach Shannon and the previous staff. It is what it is ... they're not there an anymore.
Although it seems the new Hurricanes staff would quickly jump on the recruiting wagon to act as damage control for those commitments who remain, and that Chickillo, the sixth-ranked weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, would likely be a welcomed addition to the future of Miami football under Al Golden, Chickillo is not so sure.
"I wouldn't say they are in my bad graces," he said. "But I don't know even who is the d-line coach is going to be. I don't even know if I still have a scholarship offered to me. I don't even know if Al Golden is going to want me.
"I just really don't know. I'm talking to all the schools right now. I guess he's that guy (Golden) now. We'll just have to wait and see."
Miami 2011 commitments
DE Anthony Chickillo 6-3226 Tampa Alonso DB Jeremy Davis 6-0180New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Prep (2010 commit) WR Phillip Dorsett 5-9165 Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas LB-DE Nick Menocal 6-3225 Miami Belen Jesuit
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.