"I have, basically, told (Mississippi State) that I want to play football for them," said Aaron, who also received scholarship offers from UAB, Marshall, Louisiana-Monroe and strong interest from Vanderbilt, Memphis and Clemson. "No other school that I haven't talked to will be a factor. (Mississippi State's) where I'm going to go. I've told (MSU assistant) Coach (Freddie) Kitchens that."
Aaron went into a little more detail as to why he's not going to listen to any other schools.
"Why I say it doesn't matter who comes into the picture now is because I'm going to be part of something that will be the kind of thing they put in movies," he said. "A coach comes in where a team has been struggling, turns it around and does some good things with it. How far they go and how well they do will be dictated by how hard the team wants to work."
While he plans on being a Bulldog, he will delay it one semester.
"I'm going to sign in February, but it will be a grayshirt type deal," said Aaron, who has an official visit scheduled for MSU the weekend of January 20th. "I'll probably come in during the second summer session and be a part-time student during the football season."
MSU's current long snapper, Russell Cook, will be a senior this year. By grayshirting, that will allow Aaron to have his full five years to play four.
Coach Kitchens has told Aaron that he will be given other opportunities in addition to long snapping.
"They said they are going to give me an opportunity to try some other positions," said Aaron, who made Honorable Mention All-State after recording 18 sacks this past season at his defensive end position. "I realize when you play in the SEC you are going up against guys like Freddie Roach and Kenneth Darby at every position. So, it will come down to where I can help them the most. If that is linebacker, that is great. If it's defensive end, that's great. If it's strong safety, that's great. What I really want to do, personally, is play fullback."
Part of the reason he prefers fullback is because his favorite NFL football player is a fullback.
"Growing up, (Tampa Bay fullback) Mike Alstott was my favorite NFL player ever," he said. "He gets the job done. He doesn't just do it, he makes it look good. When the game is on the line and it's 4th and short and they ask, 'can you get me two yards,' Mike says, 'yes, I'll get you two yards.' And he goes out there and does it."
But long snapping will be Aaron's bread and butter. And he's really, really good at it. Consider that the normal college long snapper's time is .72 to .74 of a second. Well, Aaron's got that easily beat as a high school senior.
"I snap a consistent .68. I have one speed and that speed is hard," said Aaron.
He began long snapping in middle school. Watching a long snapper on the junior varsity high school team set it all in motion.
"When I was in middle school I went to a high school jv football game. I watched their long snapper on the punt team," said Aaron. "He snapped the ball and sprinted downfield and actually hit the guy before the ball came down. He absolutely laid him out. He was ten yards ahead of everybody else because he didn't have to block anybody."
While that started it all, you still have to have talent. And Aaron, as well as a good friend of his, learned early on that he had a natural talent for long snapping.
"I was messing around with one of my friends and I asked him if he dared me to hit him in the head," said Aaron. "I snapped it at him and I was actually surprised when it came out as a spiral and hit him in the head."
But being good at whatever he does is something that Aaron is accustomed to.
"I was the first freshman at Homewood to be in the 1,000 pound club, which includes the bench, clean and squat," said the 6-1, 225-pounder. "I benched 265, cleaned 265 and squatted 470. I'm also proud to say that I made the 1,200 pound club this past year. The most I ever cleaned was 325. The most I've benched was 320 and the most that I've squatted was 600."
He's also pretty good as a wrestler.
"Last year, I wrestled heavyweight at 195 against guys that were 275 pounds," he said. "I never lost a match at heavyweight. I then moved down to 225 for sectionals and state. I placed first in sectionals, then lost in the semis at state to the guy that wound up winning state."
Now he'll take his winning ways to Mississippi State.
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