Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:10 PM
Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The Maryland football program has nabbed another area product.
Good Counsel senior defensive end Jesse Aniebonam announced his commitment to attend Maryland during the Falcons’ nationally televised season opener against Gilman.
Aniebonam, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound Silver Spring native, picked the Terrapins over offers from Clemson, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, he said.
“It was a long and hard decision for me,” Aniebonam said. “It was really somewhere where I felt comfortable.”
Aniebonam, a consensus four-star recruit, became the fourth Good Counsel senior to pledge to college, joining classmates Sam Mustipher (Notre Dame), Kobie Walker (Kentucky) and Leo Ekwoge (Western Michigan).
A 2014 U.S. Army All-American, Aniebonam is a cousin of NFL defensive end Osi Umenyiora of the Atlanta Falcons.
“We’re trying to set up a date to get together and train,” Aniebonam said. “We have a great relationship.”
Aniebonam recalled watching his second cousin emerge as one of the NFL’s brightest defensive stars after the New York Giants selected him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
“He’s all strictly business,” Aniebonam said. “He has a real love for the game. I’m really excited to be able to learn from him.”
When Maryland enters the Big Ten Conference next season, Aniebonam is set to join fellow Good Counsel products Stefon Diggs, Wes Brown, Mike Madaras, Zach Dancel and Andrew Stefanelli on the Terrapins’ roster.
“It’s back like old times,” Aniebonam said. “I’m very privileged to be able to play side by side again.”