National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 2. Future UM defensive end Anthony Chickillo was so excited at the prospect of signing his Letter of Intent that he wanted to do it in Miami instead of Tampa, where he lives and is a senior at Alonso High School.
But instead of doing it in Miami, Chickillo has decided to play it smart and do it during a 9 a.m. ceremony Wednesday at his high school. There were some NCAA compliance issues that had to do with possibly having his signing ceremony at Miami establishments owned or run by UM boosters.
"It's not worth getting in trouble over,'' said his mother, Joan, who is very excited at the prospect of having another Hurricane in the family. Anthony's father Tony was a UM star defensive lineman in the early 1980s. Anthony's late grandfather Nick was a two-way All-American lineman in the early 1950s.
And if you happened to catch Anthony in action this season -- including in the Under Armour All-American game earlier this month -- you know the caliber of athlete he is already. The kid has a motor that doesn't quit.
It should be fun to watch another Chickillo grow up in Coral Gables.
--SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN