Four-star DE visits Clemson

One of the nation's top rated defensive ends was in Clemson for Saturday's spring game, and the four-star plans to keep the Tigers among his favorites over the long haul.

DE Martin Aiken Profile

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School defensive end Martin Aiken got to Clemson around 11:30 Saturday morning. Immediately upon his arrival, he was greeted by defensive ends coach Marion Hobby.

"When I got in there, coach Hobby took me over to where everybody was in the meeting room where the coaches were talking to all the recruits," Aiken told on Saturday. "Coach [Dabo] Swinney talked a little bit about what he's all about and being the head coach at Clemson. He talked how he was before he got the job and after he got the job."

From there, Aiken toured the facilities in Memorial Stadium, rubbed Howard's Rock and ran down the hill before watching the highlight film.

Up next was a visit in Swinney's office. Aiken's mother was there, too. Mom and Swinney had met before, but it wasn't as extensive as Saturday's sit down.

"That went pretty great," Aiken said. "He explained to her about the school and the program. He answered all the questions that she had for him. It went pretty good."

Though he's visited Clemson several times over the last several years, Aiken said one thing stood out about the trip on Saturday.

"They've already put last year behind them. They're starting on the new season. I like that," he said. "They're working hard and it's showing. They looked a lot better.

"They didn't have a bad season last year, but they didn't have the kind of season that they hoped to have. They're working and getting a step closer every time step out there, to being champions. That's what it's all about."

Aiken visited South Carolina last week to watch one of the Gamecocks' spring scrimmages. He was scheduled to visit Illinois later this month, but that trip may not go down.

Currently, he claims no list of favorites.

"I'm trying to be open to everyone, but Clemson is one of the schools that I'm going to consider," Aiken said. "I'm going to most definitely consider them when it comes time for me to make my decision."

What makes Clemson a definite school that's under consideration?

"They have everything that I'm looking for—a good academic program, they stay on top of you when you need it and they treat you like you're at home, like you're a part of a family there," he said. "Those are the things that I'm looking for." Top Stories