Bamberg factory keeps on churning

Clemson has been successful pulling defensive ends out of the small town of Bamberg, South Carolina. The Tigers are again looking down to the low country at another.

DT Martin Aiken Profile

Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School defensive lineman Martin Aiken was in Clemson earlier this summer for another stop at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. The 2012 prospect recently spoke with CUTigers about the experience.

"It was fun. I got a chance to compete against a couple of good offensive linemen," Aiken said.

It was the second summer in a row that he's been to Clemson for camp. He worked as a defensive tackle a year ago. This go-round spent most of the time with defensive ends coach Chris Rumph.

"That's where I'm planning to play. That's where they've got me at right now. I don't know if we'll make that change or not," Aiken said.

Former Bamberg-Ehrhardt standouts Da'Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp have set a good trail for prospects like Aiken, who spoke briefly with Bowers at camp.

"It makes you feel like you've got a chance and you know that they've already made a way," Aiken said. "You just have to do everything you've got to do and everybody will come to you."

Clemson has not sent an offer and there wasn't much talk during camp whether or not one would be sent his way. So far, Georgia Tech and Illinois have offered.

"That's pretty much it. I know some more are coming," Aiken said.

He said South Carolina has recently contacted Bamberg-Ehrhardt coach Butch Crosby and expressed interest.

"I like Clemson a lot, but everybody is the same right now," Aiken said.

As a sophomore, Aiken was in on 44 tackles, had eight tackles for loss and three sacks. Top Stories