National Signing Day 2014: Jesse Aniebonam signs with Maryland


Good Counsel senior defender Jesse Aniebonam signed with Maryland on Wednesday (Frank Connors/Courtesy of Good Counsel)

Jesse Aniebonam / Good Counsel / DL-LB / 6-5, 240

With his college decision already made back in August, Jesse Aniebonam figured the excitement of National Signing Day was reserved for uncommitted players like McNamara’s Damian Prince.

But when the Good Counsel defender woke up around 7 a.m. Wednesday to sign his letter of intent to play at Maryland, away from the cameras and even his teammates thanks to the freezing rain that closed school, Aniebonam found himself reliving the excitement of the recruiting process.

“I thought it would just be another day but it felt like I was committing all over again,” Aniebonam said in a phone interview. “There was no school so I signed here at home and then went to fax it off, but it was a great feeling signing with my family. I guess that’s why National Signing Day is such a big thing.”

After inking his name to the letter of intent, Aniebonam drove to Good Counsel to deliver a copy to the Falcons coaches before riding with his Mom to fax his copy off to the Maryland staff.

A few hours later, Aniebonam received word that Prince would be joining him and St. John’s quarterback Will Ulmer with the Terrapins next fall, granting Aniebonam another reason to celebrate.

“When I saw the tweet that Damian committed, even though I kind of knew he would be going to Maryland, I was really happy,” Aniebonam said. “The good thing is Damian and Will are guys I had played directly against in the WCAC, so I know how talented they are, and now we’re going to be teammates. It’s a great feeling.”

Ranked as the No. 98 overall senior recruit by ESPN, Aniebonam is a handful on defense with his speed, length and athleticism, allowing him to excel at the defensive end and linebacker positions.

As a junior, Aniebonam recorded 46 tackles and 3.5 sacks to help lead Good Counsel to its fourth straight WCAC title in 2012. In the Falcons’ season opener against Gilman on ESPNews, Aniebonam announced his commitment to Maryland, where he will join former Good Counsel standout Stefon Diggs. Despite missing four games with a concussion, Aniebonam returned to make an impact and lead Good Counsel into the WCAC playoffs.

The defensive playmaker was one of several players to be selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which he discussed in a video below:

Good Counsel's Jesse Aniebonam, selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has been recovering from a concussion and whiplash injury suffered against Gonzaga Sept. 21. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.

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Brandon Parker · February 5, 2014