Chantilly DE Aiden Gobaira (Photo courtesy of Phil Dolinger)
Aiden Gobaira is emerging as a favorite of college coaches
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
At six feet, five inches tall, Chantilly High School’s Aiden Gobaira (2022 DE 6-5 220) towers over offensive linemen that oppose him.
Game in and game out, the sophomore impresses college coaches who observe his every move. It wasn’t always like this, though. Just a few months ago, he had zero offers. Now, he has eight offers, all from Division I schools. This begs the biggest question: how does this happen?
Aiden grew up as a lacrosse fanatic, hoping to play collegiately. He hadn’t stepped foot on a football field until his freshman year.
He had always enjoyed the game from afar, but never pursued it himself.
“These past six months, I have been living in the weight room and working together with my coaches to create a highlight tape,” Aiden says.
His desire to get bigger, faster, and stronger than the competition is the most obvious reason for such a rapid growth in skill set. His other biggest strength, he says, is his coaches.
“My coaches are a huge reason for all the offers with the way they reach out to all their contacts and get them my film,” Aiden elaborates.
Between his growing highlight tape, and his dedication for the game, perhaps Aiden’s greatest achievement is not on the football field, but in the classroom. Upon looking into his Twitter bio, it becomes clear that he is not only an athlete, but a student athlete. He boasts his 4.00 GPA in his bio just as much as he boasts his stats. The true mark of a great football player is intelligence of the game and in life in general. A football player that is smart and knows how to approach situations both on and off the field are an asset to any college or professional team.
Take JJ Watt for example, he knows just how to read a defense and what he is seeing pre-snap to adjust his strategy to wreak havoc on the opposing offense. The preconceived notion that a football player is only as good as how talented they are is incorrect. With talent, hard work, and intelligence, there is no limit to what a football player can do on the field.
The elephant in the room when talking to Aiden about football and his career is the offers he has received.
He has gotten offers from ACC schools such as Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Duke, Boston College, and Notre Dame, as well as offers from Vanderbilt, Penn State, and East Carolina University. He says that while it is an honor to receive recognition for all his hard work his goal is to prove them right.
“I just want to prove to everyone, my coaches, my teammates, my friends, that I deserve this and so much more,” Aiden explains. He says that last year he was “just a new sophomore no one knew” and that he expects coaches to begin to game plan for him and to make sure that he is the one who doesn’t beat them. With all that attention on his play next season, Aiden says that he is ready for that challenge and so much more that is coming in the future.
– Marc Goldstein