Aiken Considering Maryland

2011 prospect Jonathan Aiken says Maryland is, "definitely in the running."

Chaminade Madonna High School’s Jonathan Aiken’s recruitment has exploded since the beginning of May. Whether it is because of his highlight reel, or his play on the field, the strong safety has received a number of offers from impressive programs including UCLA, Rutgers, Michigan, West Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska, Illinois, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Southern Florida, Marshall, Western Kentucky, Mississippi, and Maryland.

Although the soon-to-be cornerback doesn’t have a top ten at this time, he stated that “Maryland is definitely in the running.” Since early May the Terp Coaches have been pursuing Aiken; sending him one of his first offers during that month.

Aiken and his family have met with Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown numerous times, “We just sat and talked about life and a whole lot of football.” Coach Brown expressed his affection toward the recruit telling him that they liked his aggressiveness as the safety position, however, they feel that his skill set would be more geared to the cornerback position. Coach Brown also said that the defensive back would fit extremely well into their defense, “It important that I’m wanted somewhere,” Aiken said referring to fitting into the Terp defense. “I want to be in a system in which I can flourish.”

Despite the fact that the Maryland Coaches believe he possesses an unbelievable skill set, they believe that it is his intangibles that set him apart as a player on the field, “I like helping my teammates,” Aiken explained. “ I can bring a new energy level onto the field. It really gets my team going and lifts everyone else’s game around me.”

The defensive back has received a lot of interest in his skill so far in the recruitment process, but cited his leadership as his best quality as a player, “The coaches can’t really see it until I’m in their locker room, but I’m just a leader out there,” Aiken added. “I’m the guy to get everyone going and out on the field.”

Even though football is very important to the senior, he realizes that “Football is not always promise. You can get injured at any moment.” Because Aiken believes this, he wants a program that can offer more then just football. He is looking for a school with a superior atmosphere, and a place where he can get an exceptional education. Most of all he just wants to be somewhere that feels like “Home away from home.”

The 5-foot11, 183-pound recruit doesn’t have any plans on making any official visits. Before making his decision, Aiken plans on focusing on the current football season, “I want to pick a school sometime shortly after the season. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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