Maryland receives commitment from DE Jesse Aniebonam
It's a straight shot, 33 minutes, from the front door of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney to the Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park.
There's no literal pipeline between the two schools, but there might as well be, one that carries football talent down Route 650 and dumps it at Maryland's doorstep on University Boulevard.
On this current Terrapins team alone, former Good Counsel players include All-ACC receiver Stefon Diggs, offensive Mike Madaras, running back Andrew Stefanelli, and defensive back Zach Dancel.
And Maryland got another one on Tuesday.
Four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam committed to Maryland at a taping of his decision at Good Counsel, becoming the ninth commit in Maryland's 2014 class.
The announcement aired Friday night during his team's season opener vs. Gilman (Md.) at Towson University.
"I think I have a really good bond, a relationship with not only the coaches, but the players down at Maryland," Aniebonam said on Tuesday. "I believe that it’s a perfect fit for me and I’ll be able to prosper for the next four years."
His announcement featured one television camera and three print reporters, tucked away in Good Counsel's weight room in Olney.
Donning a Good Counsel t-shirt, he set up for the camera and pulled a Maryland hat out of an athletic bag at his feet while announcing his intentions to attend Maryland.
"It’s a real good thing to be able to have my mom, have my father, my siblings, cousins, all them come to my games when they can," he said after the announcement. "That’s a real special thing to me. Our family always comes first and so to have them there supporting me at all times is going to be great."
At 6-5, 240 pounds, Aniebonam is the prototypical athletic, powerful linebacker/defensive end hybrid. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 98 prospect overall in the nation, including the second best player in the state of Maryland and the seventh best in the country at his position.
For offensive coordinator and recruiter Mike Locksley, Aniebonam's commitment is the latest in a string of successes in the D.C. Metro area, which include, among others, those from Good Counsel and junior college wide receiver Deon Long.
"I got down there [to College Park] and I had walked around the campus some, walked around with some of the players," Aniebonam recalls.
"Just took a look the field and...got a good feel of it. It was at that moment when you just kind of feel, you have an image in your head like, 'This is it, this is where I want to be.'"
Watch video of the commitment below: