While most recruits have to wait a long time for their first offer from an SEC power, 2014 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam of Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel already has achieved that goal. With his first offer coming from Auburn last month, Aniebonam is off to a quick start.
"I first found out about the Auburn offer from my coach during a workout," the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Aniebonam said." "They offered me based on some film my coach sent down there."
During the spring, Aniebonam had the opportunity to check out an ACC program in person.
"I visited Georgia Tech over spring break and spoke with Paul Johnson and a few other coaches and players," he said. "I haven't been to any camps or schools yet this summer because school just ended and I've been in the weight room."
Now with school complete, Aniebonam hopes to hit the road for a few camps.
"I've been talking to Clemson because I'm going to a camp down there later this month," said Aniebonam, who has also picked up an early offer from Hawaii. "I've also been talking to USC but not as much as Clemson. They want me to come to a camp out there but I need to talk it over with my parents and coach. I'm supposed to go to an ECU camp with a friend of mine from school. My coach is trying to set up some more camps for me this summer."
During these visits, Aniebonam will keep his eyes open for some important things.
"The coaches are a big factor in my decision, how they coach, how they run their program, their vibe and how they connect with the players," Aniebonam explained. "I was hoping to make my decision near the end of my junior year or maybe during the summer before my senior year."
Location may come into play for Aniebonam when it comes time to make a final decision.
"Preferably, I'd like to go to a school in the south," he said. "Anywhere would be fine, but if I have a choice I'd probably go to the south. It's because of the atmosphere and the people are nice."
Plenty more offers are sure to come in for Aniebonam, but there are a few schools in particular he is hoping to get an offer from.
"I really want get interest from Ohio State, but I haven't talked with them yet," he said. "Auburn was one of my top schools so that was huge when I got that offer. Florida and Maryland would also be some of my top choices. I've done some research and I like the program and the atmosphere at Ohio State. I also really like the atmosphere at Georgia Tech and the whole southern area."