The veritable mountain of pressure that parks itself seemingly right on top of student-athletes as they hit the recruiting trail, self-generated and otherwise, has been lifted from Aidan Lehman.
A relief? You bet.
“I am relieved,” the Mullen senior said. “I’m super-excited and it’s definitely a weight off my chest.”
On Wednesday, he made it official – Lehman signed with San Diego to kick and punt for the Toreros.
“It was a stressful process and I’m glad I went through it, but I’m happy it’s over,” Lehman said.
Head coach Jeremy Bennett, who completed his first year in command of the Mustangs, said “to be honest, he’s one of those once-in-a-decade-type talents. Call him a master at his craft. He’s very diligent in his preparation.”
In football, the 6-foot, 185-pound Lehman topped the Mustangs with 29 points the past shortened season. He was 5-of-5 in PATs and 8-of-9 in field goals, the miss coming from 60 yards. Lehman also had 15 touchbacks in 18 kickoffs and punted 15 times for a 41.9-yard average.
In notching all-Jefferson County League and Class 5A all-state second-team honors, Lehman also was an All-American second team by Kohl’s. He also has logged time with the Mustangs lacrosse and soccer teams.
Academically, count Lehman, with a 4.23 grade-point average, in the National Honor Society; First Team All-Academic; NHS Social Studies and Spanish; Torch Award, Student Ambassador; Spanish Subject Award; and Bronze Award.
As well, associate Lehman with Engineering Club; co-founder of the Ping-Pong Club; ambassador for the Kick-It Cancer campaign; and tennis instructor for Denver Parks and Recreation Special Olympics.
And if you order a pizza, he may be at your door – he works parttime as a delivery driver.
Bennett and others aren’t surprised Lehman will pursue bio-mechanical engineering and give medical school a very hard look.
“Again, you don’t have a kid with his type of leg come around very often,” Bennett said. “Put that together with the class-room work and he’s the total package. He’ll be very successful in college and beyond because of his work ethic.”
And Lehman isn’t ready to put Mullen in his rear-view mirror, even if his next step is secured.
“Yeah, I mean, I’ve enjoyed my time here,” he said. “I wouldn’t even say I’m looking back at it. It’s enjoying what I have left.”