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Lessons Learned: 5UP Tournament

4/1/2013

Sixteen teams converged Friday in White Marsh, Md., for 5Up Football's spring break tournament.

Unlike most tournaments, this featured 5-on-5 action. The team from Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate came out on top, but there were a lot of standouts. Josh Moyer spoke to players and coaches who attended the camp. Here's what he learned:

Punching his all-star ticket: Defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) finished Friday with a slew of sacks -- his assistant coach counted "17 or 18" -- and that was enough to impress the scouts and earn him a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"That was a very nice honor, a huge honor," Aniebonam said. "I was working on getting an invite, but I wasn't expecting it. So, yeah, I'm ecstatic."

His assistant coach, Tony Ashley, attended the tournament and said he wasn't surprised much by the invite. Aniebonam has been playing organized football for just three years, and college coaches have raved about his upside.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect already holds 10 offers -- from the likes of Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State -- and he's working on trimming his list by going on more visits. He'll be at Maryland later this week, and he hopes to soon see North Carolina, Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

"He totally dominated everybody," Ashley said. "He had a motor that just kept going."