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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Mid-atlantic DE 'amazed' by Bama offer

By Greg Ostendorf

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The plan was for 2014 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) to visit the University of Alabama in the summer, work out in front of head coach Nick Saban, and hopefully do enough to earn a scholarship offer from the Crimson Tide.

On Wednesday, the plan was expedited a little bit. Aniebonam talked on the phone with Saban, who went ahead and extended the offer.

“He was just talking about getting me down there and everything,” Aniebonam said. “He was talking about the whole program in itself, like about Alabama. Then he led into saying, ‘you have an opportunity to come down here, we’re giving you a scholarship offer.’

“It was amazing. It’s everybody’s dream school. It was a nice feeling.”

Although he’s from the Mid-atlantic region, Aniebonam has done his homework on the Alabama program, specifically the Tide’s 3-4 defense.

“From watching the film, tapes, the TV and with everything I know about it so far, the program in itself is amazing,” he said. “They obviously know what they’re doing with their program.

“Watching the defense specifically, they run a 3-4, which will put me at the outside linebacker position, but it’s just interesting to me how they run their defense and all of the different progressions that they have. It just stands out to me.”

Aniebonam wants to learn more about those progressions and get a better feel for the defense as a whole when he visits Tuscaloosa in late May or early June.

Before the Alabama offer, he had six schools that stood out where he wanted to visit -- Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Of the group, Michigan is the only school not to offer yet.

However, after Wednesday’s offer, the Tide are now "all the way up there." Aniebonam has already taken visits to Maryland and Notre Dame, and he’s hoping to get to Clemson and Michigan later this spring.