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Maryland linebacker/safety Akeem Hebron is quickly becoming one of the most sought after prospects in the Atlantic region. Scout.com regional analyst Bob Lichtenfels reported last week that Michigan recently joined a number of other schools in offering the versatile athlete a scholarship. “Michigan is one of the schools that I have been waiting for so I’m pretty excited,” Hebron said last Wednesday.
He elaborated on the Michigan offer a bit more with GoBlueWolverine and pointed out that the position in which the Maize and Blue is recruiting him at is not firm at this time. "I called last Tuesday to talk to the head coach and I got offered," he said. "They didn't really tell me what position they're recruiting me at yet, but I guess it really based on how much weight I gain. Hopefully I can gain enough weight to play outside linebacker."
At 6-2, 195-pounds and boasting a 4.4 forty-yard dash time, some have projected Hebron as a safety at the next level. However, it is clear that he would prefer to play a little closer to the line of scrimmage…and with good reason. Hebron has been wildly successful as a prep linebacker, earning such honors as first-team All-State, All-Metro, and All-Conference. "I played outside linebacker last year and had a really good season," he said. "I ended up with 110 tackles, 11 sacks, and five hurries. We went 11-1 and lost in the championship."
Hebron's on-field accolades have caused some of the nation's premier programs to begin early courtships. None, however, has established itself as the favorite. "I have visited Maryland, but I need to visit some more schools," Hebron said. "I don't have a favorite. At this point I'm still kind of open. I've got ten offers. Virginia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Ohio State, Syracuse, Connecticut, Penn State, and Kansas."
Hebron indicated that he may be attending a spring practice in Happy Valley in the near future, but there are no other visit plans at this point. Any other unofficials would likely come in the summer…but not during school camps. "I'm going to the Nike Camp at Penn State, but that's is probably the only camp I'll be doing," he said. "I probably won't be going to any summer camps."
Aside from his comfort level he establishes with the respective coaching staffs, players, and campuses, there will be two main factors in his decision making process. "Academics and location will be the biggest things," Hebron said. "I have plenty of time to find the best fit because I'll most likely commit late."