Starting At Square One

While many seniors are swimming in scholarship offers, Detroit Central Catholic safety Aaron Hess is just beginning his recruitment. Injuries sidelines Hess for nearly a whole year, but how he is back on the field and hoping to prove himself worthy of offers. On Wednesday, Hess sent his highlight film to Northwestern Recruiting Coordinator Matt MacPherson, and is hoping to draw NU interest.

Aaron Hess was making his fourth start at safety and colleges were beginning to take notice. That's when he suffered a setback. Hess tore his ACL and MCL, and was sidelined for the season.

After months of rehabilitation, Hess reaggravated the injury while playing lacrosse, and was stuck with more rehab and therapy. In total, it took Hess 11 months of rehabilitation before returning to full health.

"It was definitely a long process," he said. "Therapy three times a week for six months. I finally got done with it, and then ended up back in therapy for the hamstring. It makes me stronger in the outcome."

In the time Hess spent rehabbing, he missed a good majority of his junior season and every summer college camp he hoped to attend.

Hess (6-foot-2, 184) is now playing catch-up in his recruitment, and hoping to impress coaches.

"It's definitely more pressure on my senior year and a lot more pressure to talk with schools and get noticed," Hess said. "It's definitely a lot tougher but more of a challenge, which is exciting at the same time."

In order to generate some interest, Hess is sending out highlight film from his first three games. In that time, he has led Central Catholic in tackles and interceptions.

Hess sent a copy of his film to Northwestern, where he specifically addressed the package to Northwestern Recruiting Coordinator Matt MacPherson, whom he met in January.

When Hess met MacPherson, Detroit Central Catholic's athletic director spoke highly of Hess.

"He said (to MacPherson) that this would be a guy that could hopefully be on your radar if he wasn't hurt right now," Hess recalled.

Hess is hoping that his highlight film will generate interest from Northwestern.

"Hopefully, that will show him I'm back at 100 percent and get them interested," Hess said.

This weekend, Hess will visit Indiana. He is hoping to make more visits as the season progresses.

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