Crunch time for Aiken

Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive end Martin Aiken will bring an end to his recruitment on Sunday when he announces which school has his commitment.

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The four-star is scheduled to announce his decision during a 4 p.m. press conference.

Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech are the finalists for the No. 12 defensive end in the class of 2012.

"You look at all three of them together they all have that family atmosphere. All of the players are real close. They're like brothers," Aiken told

His level of excitement increases as Sunday gets closer and closer.

"It's real high right now because I get to let everybody know the answer to the question I've been asked since my sophomore year," Aiken said. "It feels real good."

The academic reputations of the three schools have played an important factor in narrowing his choice down to the Tigers, Gamecocks and Yellow Jackets.

"One thing about them, they are three schools—Georgia Tech is one of those schools where you can go and get one of those Grade-A diplomas…Clemson and South Carolina are both very good schools. You can go and get a good education there," he said.

Earlier this month, Aiken visited all three schools one last time, starting with Clemson, South Carolina and then Georgia Tech.

During his recent stop in Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp, Aiken spent time with former BE/Clemson defensive ends Ricky Sapp and Da'Quan Bowers.

There wasn't a heavy recruiting push from the two pros, only words of advice.

"They didn't really try to do any recruiting. They just told me to make the decision that is going to benefit me," Aiken said. "They told me to not go on what somebody else says or what somebody else tells me."

Has he reached a decision as to which school will be announced?

"I kind of know. I kind of have an idea," Aiken said. Top Stories