Aiken talks official, DC change

Four-star defensive end Martin Aiken, the No. 24 player for his position in the class of 2012, spent last weekend on an official visit to Clemson.

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The Bamberg-Ehrhardt senior arrived to Clemson on Friday and stuck around until Sunday.

"I got a little taste of how life as a college athlete would be," Aiken he told CUTigers. "The people knowing that I'm a recruit and coming in, they kind of showed me around, how things would be when I'm there."

He spent a lot of time with several of the players who are already at Clemson.

"Martavis Bryant, I hung out with him a little bit. It was Corey Crawford, Grady Jarrett, Tony Steward," Aiken said. "Grady was my host. Those are the people he hangs out with, so I kind of got to hang out with them, too."

Before the 6-foot-3, 250-pound prospect left Clemson, he had a one-on-one meeting with head coach Dabo Swinney, who will visit Aiken's home on Wednesday.

"He was just telling me that he was glad that I wanted to come to Clemson and play for him," Aiken said. "He was mainly talking about he appreciated my mom wanting me to be a part of what they're trying to build at Clemson."

Not much was said about Clemson's search for a new defensive coordinator.

"I'm sure they made that decision for a reason. There had to be some reason why," Aiken said. "I'm looking forward to coming in as a freshman. I'll play for whoever their defensive coordinator is. I committed to Clemson University. I didn't commit to play for a coach."

Aiken finished his senior season with 80 tackles, 13 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.


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