NCF On The Trail: Jesse Aniebonam

Best ACC recruiters 

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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best head coaches are often called the closer when it comes to sealing the deal with recruits. Whether on a visit or a trip to a prospect’s home, the head coach is called upon to secure the signature.

ACC class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the ACC, check out our conference rankings:

1. Florida State, 24 commits: The Seminoles have the top class in the ACC and the No. 2 class nationally. The class includes 10 ESPN300 prospects, including a trio of linebackers Kain Duab (Jackonsville, Fla./Sandalwood High), Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby High) and Delvin Purifoy (Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic High). The Semionles could close with a bang with up to 31 or 32 possible in the class. No. 6 Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra High), No. 13 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen High), No. 22 Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara High), No. 28 and Florida commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead High) and a number of others make up the wish list.

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#AskLoogs: Terps need a fence

September, 19, 2013
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Personally, I don’t think it has anything to do with how they enter the Big Ten.

In the Big Ten, ACC or any conference, it is far more about keeping the best area kids at home and prevent them from playing for competitors in the conference. Building depth and talent starts at home, and you then recruit outward. Put a fence around your area and cast a wide net across the eastern seaboard and Midwest.

Signing great players will enable Maryland to win more games, which immediately will make them a more attractive destination for local kids. Winning cures just about all woes. Guys such as CB Jalen Tabor, DE Jesse Aniebonam and OT Damian Prince would greatly enhance the Terps' ability to win and create relevancy over the long haul. This is one of the premier reasons why Mike Locksley was hired.
As the regular season kicks off this weekend, recruiting, specifically revolving around visits, will start to get going, too.

Here are five storylines to watch as we head in to the opening weekend.

Pitt hosting important group

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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

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A couple of ACC commitments came off the board over the weekend. And, more noticeably, high school football returned.

Here is the latest from both on and off the field in ACC recruiting.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Success recruiting receivers might be the most overlooked reason for Alabama’s recent run; what one Big Ten recruiter said about Michigan’s 2015 class; and how Maryland landing Jesse Aniebonam was huge for in-state recruiting efforts.


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ESPN 300 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) committed to Maryland live on ESPNEWS during Good Counsel's game against Gilman (Baltimore, Md.). Here's how our scouts feel the nation's No. 95-rated prospect will fare with the Terps.

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Maryland always has been a talent-rich state. Plenty of big names have come through the area and gone on to successful college and professional careers.

So if the University of Maryland could just somehow hold on to them during the recruiting process, their quality would be enhanced greatly. Well, it looks like it's heading that way.


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