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Rapheal Hopkins 7/31/12

Posted: July 31, 2012 by raphael1hopkins in 2013, Guest Authors

Time is narrowing down until that first Friday night of my senior season. All my sweat, blood, and tears are going to be put to test. I have hit lots of camps and combines and got lots of exposure from schools I never thought would look my way. This summer my goal was to lead by example. I work, my team work. That extra lift or extra sprint is what makes champions. I believe in myself and them other 10 guys on the field with me. I have yet to see 1 guy win a championship. It takes 11 bodies to fight and be determined. The offseason is when big time player shine the most. Its what that player does when he is alone. Everybody can look like a workhorse when coach is over the top of you yelling. Its what you do when no one is watching. Do you still push that extra lift or run that extra sprint? My work and leadership has brought me a long way in recruiting and as a man. Coaches see my leadership and work ethic in camps and pay attention. To be a top athlete, yes you must play good ball but you must get it done in the classoom. You cant rush for 3500 yards in a season but carry a low gpa and expect to play at the highest level. Character is a must. You must stay humble. I thank God everyday for what he is doing for me. I look everyday for ways to improve my game. Whether is on the field or watching film. My recruiting as jump started tremendously. Be a team player. “be a we guy, not a me guy”


Catching up with Jesse Aniebonam

Posted: July 20, 2012 by DeadBefore50 in Class of '14, Guest Authors

Andrew Chirico ( interview of 2014 Defensive End Jesse Aniebonam
Q: How do you like playing for your high school?

Jesse: I love it, it’s an amazing program, my coaches are great and I am getting great exposure.

Q: What schools are showing interest?

Jesse: I have three offers from Auburn, Hawaii and Maryland. I am also getting looked at from several other colleges as well.

Q: Any other schools showing high interest without an offer?

Jesse: Ohio State is in my top seven. I really love the school and the team. The program as a whole is very good too. To land an offer from them would be amazing.

Q: Whats your opinion of Ohio State?

Jesse: It is a great school, nice people, amazing football program and the location is manageable.

Q: What are your seven? ( No Order)

Jesse: My seven includes Maryland, Virginia, Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Q: Describe your game.

Jesse: As a strong side defensive end I am usually going to be in the three point. I am more of an aggressive player and my coaches favor the fact that I have the size.I am usually quicker and faster than the tackles and tight ends that I would be set up against. So, I use that to my advantage.

Q: What do you plan on improving on?

Jesse: Mainly just working on my hand progressions, such as more swim and rip move techniques.

Q: When do you plan on committing?

Jesse: I hope the summer before my senior season.

Q: Any visits?

Jesse: I have visited Georgia Tech and have gone to a few other camps so far.

Q: What do you look for in a program?

Jesse: I mainly look for how the coaches really facilitate and coordinate their knowledge into their players. Also, how they interact and run the program. I wouldn’t really be looking for a coach to baby me in any sort of way. The general area of the school is also a good factor.

Q: What are your max outs?

Jesse: Bench 285, squat 505 and power clean 275.

Q: What do you do off the field?

Jesse: Mainly, just working out almost everyday. I also enjoy going to the pool with a teammate of mine to swim laps for our conditioning.