Linebacker or safety? Good Counsel (Wheaton, MD) star Akeem Hebron plays linebacker in high school but could project as a safety on the next level depending on how much weight he can add to his 6-2, 192-pound frame. Schools aren’t too concerned about position, because they love his talent.
“I think the thing that gets attention to him is that he just closes on the ball so fast,” Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy said. “The college coaches just marvel at his ability to get to the ball.”
Hebron, who works out four times a week in preparation for football, hopes to be up to around 210 pounds by the end of the summer. If he gains the necessary weight, he says the position he plays on the next level should become clearer.
“Most schools are just waiting to see how much weight I’ll put on,” said Hebron, who lifts weights with the team three times a week and runs on the weekends. “If I can get up to like 205 or 210 by next season, I’ll mostly likely play linebacker in college. It wouldn’t really matter to me what position I play. I’m just trying to gain some more weight and get stronger.”
Hebron felt he could be a Division 1-A prospect early in his high school career. So, he decided to transfer to Good Counsel midway through his freshman year to be able to get more exposure on the gridiron. The move has worked, as Hebron has ascended to be one of the top recruits in the state in the class of 2006.
For his junior year performance, Hebron, who led the team with 95 tackles, earned Washington Post first-team all-metro honors. He has earned scholarship offers from schools including Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Schools that have recently requested video include Florida State, Miami and Oklahoma, among others.
Right now, Hebron says he has no favorites but admits there are schools he wants to see this spring or summer. He has only visited the University of Maryland.
“I think about it, but I haven’t really visited schools yet, so I don’t really have any favorites,” Hebron said. “Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Florida State [are team he wants to check out this spring or summer]. I’m still kind of open in the recruiting process.”
He wants to visit Florida State and Virginia Tech because of their “hard-nosed football” styles. Besides what he has seen on television, Hebron does not know too much else about the Hokies.
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