Aikens Taking It Slow

Austin Aikens is part of a special Plant High team from Tampa Florida. The Class of 2012 WR doesn't want to disrupt the flow with recruiting visits. He intends to take his officials after the season and has two schools he definitely plans to see in that capacity.

Austin Aikens toured the country this summer checking out schools that had offered him a scholarship. SInce that time, he's put a partial hold on recruiting.

"We just have so much to do during the season," the Class of 2012 wide receiver from Florida said. "Coach doesn't want us to leave during the week when we're practicing and stuff. I just want to focus on the season. After the season, I'll take my official visits."

Aiken has a Top 5 of Iowa, Cincinnati, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky, each of which he has seen in person and from whom he claims offers. The Plant (Tampa) Senior High product said he definitely would be officially visiting the Hawkeyes and Bearcats.

"Those are my Top 5, in no order," the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said.

Aikens said a new school has emerged in his recruitment.

"I've been getting calls from the USF (South Florida) wide receivers coach," he said. "It seems like they're pretty interested. He said they don't really have a wide receiver offer to give out right now, but that could change. He said I'd get an offer if one opens up."

Aikens has started fast this season for 7-0 Plant, ranked second in the state for Class 8A, the largest grouping. He's caught 18 passes for 388 yards (21.5 per catch) and six touchdowns.

"I'm having a pretty good season," he said. "We're slinging the ball everywhere. I've been working on different aspects of my game in practice. When it works there, I bring it to the games."

The Florida prep season runs longer than do the ones from northern states, like Iowa. So, it could be January before Aikens takes any official visits.

"We finish in December, a little before Christmas," he said.

Aikens said he talks with Iowa "every once in a while." His contact is assistant Eric Johnson.

"I get a lot of letters from Iowa and Cincinnati," Aikens said. "Western Kentucky and Missouri also send a lot. I don't get as many from Vanderbilt."

Iowa holds one verbal commitment from a '12 wide receiver - Ohio's Cameron Wilson. Coaches are telling some of recruits that they're take 3-4 at the position this year.


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