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Profiles in Terpage: Jesse Aniebonam

This former top recruit should hear his name called a lot more this season.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Jesse Aniebonam, Sophomore, Defensive End, No. 41


Height: 6'3"

Weight: 260

Collegiate stats: 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, one pass broken up.

High school: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Silver Spring, Maryland)

High school stats (Senior Year): Couldn't find any.

Composite recruiting rating: Four stars (0.9404), No. 8 strong-side defensive end, No. 2 player in Maryland.

Who Maryland beat:Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Ohio State, South Carolina

High school highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Aniebonam was the Terps highest-rated recruit since Stefon Diggs when he pledged in August of 2013, coming out of high school powerhouse Good Counsel. He was an Army All-American and a Maryland Consensus All-State first team selection as a senior, and garnered offers from top schools throughout the country. He chose to stick with Maryland even though he received offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.

Aniebonam was stuck in a depth chart logjam at the beginning of the season, and didn't even appear on the two-deep released in late August. However, he made a name for himself quickly, appearing in all 13 games last season. He played mostly on third down, and used his speed to become a pass-rushing threat. After playing outside linebacker as freshman, Aniebonam will be switching to defensive end as the team tranisitions to a 4-3 defense.

Career Highlight:

Getting in on this sack:

Dream Season:

Aniebonam teams with Yannick Ngakoue to form a mean pass-rushing duo. Aniebonam racks up sacks using his speed and slightly undersized frame.

2015 Prospectus:

Aniebonam should do well with his position change. He'll have to be an impact player for an unexperienced front seven, but he could be the sophomore who has the biggest jump from year one to year two.

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