Scout 300 DE Recaps Visit

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Only, Md.) Scout 300 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam recaps his trip to Maryland over the weekend. Find out what he thought and when he could be back on campus here...

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Only, Md.) defensive end Jesse Aniebonam visited Maryland over the weekend and got a true taste of college life.

"I enjoyed it a lot. It was really fun to go around campus and I got to experience the college life and meet bunch of new people," Aniebonam said. "They were all really welcoming down there and that's what I liked about it."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end got a chance to catch up with a few of his former Good Counsel teammates, Zach Dancel, Wes Brown and Stefon Diggs, who hosted Aniebonam during his visit. While he spent some time with all three of the guys, Aniebonam said he spent the most time talking with Diggs about the pressure of the recruiting process.

"He {Stefon] sees me in the same position as what he went through," Aniebonam said. "He was just telling me, ‘that you know you can go to any school in the country you want to, but it's got to be your decision. It is about what you want to do in terms of getting to where you want to go. Whatever is going to best help you make it to the league and have some type of success."

Aniebonam said there was one piece of advice that stood out the most from his conversation with Diggs. "He (Diggs) said, ‘that at the end of the day, if you already know what your path is and what your goals are that is what matters," Diggs told Aniebonam. "When everyone else is hounding down on you about this and that, it doesn't really matter if you already know what your goals are and what you are trying to accomplish. You don't really have to listen to anything else."

After checking out some various activities around campus on Friday, Aniebonam met up with the Maryland coaches on Saturday. Head coach Randy Edsall was not on campus, so Aniebonam met with recruiting coordinator Ryan Steinberg and assistant coach Mike Locksley.

"I sat down and talked with Locksley in his office for a long time…a little bit about football, but even more about how to go about making my decision," Aniebonam said. "He really helped me figure out how to organize myself when I am looking at all these schools. He went to his white board wrote down a blank chart that I can take and fill in for each school with my factors and stuff that I am looking for."

Aniebonam and Locksley have developed a strong relationship that transcends the boundaries of the football field.

"He talked to me about what I want to do, it wasn't even just about Maryland. He gets the big picture and I really appreciate that," Aniebonam said. "That's the thing I like about Locksley. He is one of the coaches I can trust. He is really more of a father figure than a coach. I know he would look out for me and and that's exactly what I am looking for."

While Aniebonam said the Terps are high on his list right now, he will not be making a decision just yet. Scout 300 prospect has several more visits on tap this month, including a possible return trip to College Park.

"My mom was actually supposed to come on Saturday, but she was sick so she is going back Friday to meet with some of the academic staff and I think she is going to talk with Locksley for a while too," Aniebonam said. "I might go with her but I still am not 100% sure yet."

After his visit to Maryland, Aniebonam plans hit Virginia Tech, where he will spend the night with another one of his Good Counsel teammates and close friends, Kendall Fuller. Following a trip to Blacksburg, Va., Aniebonam will check out North Carolina and round out the tour with a trip to Clemson.

"I actually went home and made a big chart on my white board at home like the one Locksley showed me and as I start doing my visits I am going to check off some stuff and see what adds up," Aniebonam said. "Then at the bottom I left a little space for my final decision."

So when will that little space get filled in?

"I am still thinking I will be able to make my decision around late July."


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