Hobby checks on state's top DE

Marion Hobby stopped by Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School to check on the latest round of prospects from the usually stocked program.

DE Martin Aiken Profile

This year's main attraction is junior defensive end Martin Aiken is used to seeing coaches from around the country walking the halls at Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

"It's kind of exciting. I love it. It's not the first time, because of all the other guys that have come through," he told CUTigers.com.

Aiken and Hobby recently talked.

"He was just telling me that I have a place at Clemson, on their team," Aiken said. "He basically just told me what he saw in me and he wanted to get the chance to see it, to see me in camp."

Former Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph, who's now the defensive line coach at Alabama, also visited this week. So did UConn running backs coach Clayton White. Texas Tech and Tennessee also sent coaches to Bamberg.

Next week, Illinois and Florida State, among others, will be by.

The Scout.com four-star, who's the highest ranked defensive end (No. 11) on the Tigers' board, has received offers from schools across the country.

Along with the state schools, Auburn, Alabama, Michigan and Virginia Tech are among the more than 20 offers he's received.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Aiken said.

What's he looking for in a school for the next level?

"I want a good school, academically. I want to make sure they've got the family atmosphere that I'm looking for and the coaches are going to push me to be better," Aiken said.

At last weekend's South Showcase Combine, he measured in at 6-foot-4 and weighed 240. Aiken ran a 4.81 40-yard dash, registered 7-2 on the broad jump, ran a 4.56 shuttle and benched 185 pounds 23 times.

As a junior, Aiken had 106 tackles, 36 for a loss and 13 sacks. He had 44 tackles (28 solo), eight tackles for loss, and three sacks.


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