Aniebonam Talks Invite and Visits

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) Jesse Anieboniam is one of the top prospects in the region and on Friday, March 29 he showed off his skills at the 5Up football showcase in White Marsh, Md. After the event, Anieboniam received an invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. he discussed that and his recent visit to Maryland with

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam won top overall defensive lineman on Friday at the 5Up football showcase in White Marsh, Md. After the event, Anieboniam was selected to play in the 2014 Army All-American game.

"It was a really big surprise and I feel really fortunate to have been asked to participate," said Anieboniam. " My good friend (Friendship Collegiate, CB) Jalen Tabor is playing too, so it will be fun to go with him. It is just a real blessing."

On the recruiting front, Aniebonam says he is still focused on planning his visits for the spring and summer. Aniebonam has already been out to College Park numerous times, but recently he made another trip out to Maryland to meet with his recruiter Mike Locksley.

"He was just telling me more about the program," said 6-foot-4 , 225-pound Aniebonam. "We actually talk a lot just about the recruiting process too. He is trying to get me down for more practices and spring games."

Aniebonam said he learns something new each time he visits Maryland. On his last visit he had the opportunity to talk with some of the Maryland players including his former teammate, Stephon Diggs.

"He [Diggs] was just telling me that Maryland is a great program and about the coaches," said Aniebonam. "He also just talked to me about basic stuff too, like how my recruiting process is going. He has been through it, so he is always giving me pointers and stuff."

"He is a good mentor," said Aniebonam. "Even though we play two different positions he can give me advice, he is just a smart football player and really well rounded."

So is Diggs trying to recruit Aniebonam to come to Maryland?

"Of course, he is always telling me to come down and play with him," said Aniebonam. "He thinks I could be a big impact rush end, outside linebacker at Maryland, but he is not putting any pressure on me. It is just his two cents "

This week is spring break for Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) and Aniebonam plans to visit Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech at the end of the week but does not have exact dates set.

Aniebonam added he hopes to stop by Maryland this week for a spring practice before he begins his "southern tour."

He also plans on taking a visit down to Alabama in the beginning of June and hopes to also add a visit to South Carolina to his schedule.

While Aniebonam does not have any favorites right now, he does know what he is looking for in his future school.

"A connection with the coaching staff is really important," said Aniebonam. "The other two things are my feel for the school and my relationship with my position coach."

Aniebonam hopes to pick a top 5 by the summer but did not give a timeline for his final decision.

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