So many recruits from the Mid-Atlantic region end up feeling torn between the pull to stay close to home and the allure of branching out and playing for one of the power programs in the Big Ten or SEC.
Of course, that tension is there for recruits all over the country. Jesse Aniebonam certainly feels it.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior defensive end from Olney ( Md. ) Good Counsel claims early offers from Auburn , Maryland and Hawaii , and lately he's been in contact with schools like Alabama , LSU, Michigan and others.
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"A big thing for me was that I wanted to go to an SEC school," Aniebonam said on Wednesday evening. "It's hard to say right now. I wouldn't mind staying local with UVa, Maryland, (Virginia) Tech and all that. It just depends on where I feel most comfortable."
Much will likely depend on what offers ultimately come in for the Class of 2014 prospect. But it appears he's at least trying to keep an open mind.
Aniebonam has stepped into a more prominent role for Good Counsel this year and he's excelling so far. He had a sack in their second game, a high-profile one, against Gilman, and registered another last week.
"My technique has definitely improved a lot," he said. "The way I'm using my hands and all that. It's pretty much just the basic techniques and hand progressions that I've been focusing on."
Aniebonam camped at Clemson , Maryland and East Carolina over the summer. He is likely to be a regular at Maryland 's games this fall.