Aikens Down to Two

After some strong BCS programs pursued '12 Tampa Wideout Austin Aikens, it has some down to two smaller schools for his services.

Austin Aikens realized waiting to commit to a college could cost him some opportunities. It was a risk he was willing to take.

The 2012 WR from Florida reported BCS offers from the likes of Missouri, Cincinnati, Iowa and Vanderbilt. Those schools filled up their scholarships at his position and pulled their offers to him.

"I just didn't feel right making a decision before I was ready," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout said. "I wanted to get a good feel for the schools and then make my decision. Some of the schools filled up with other commitments before I had a chance to do that.

"That's OK, though. This is the place I'm going to be for maybe the next five years of my life. I need to be comfortable in that environment."

Aikens, who played for a standout program in Tampa's Plant Senior High, has decided to choose from Western Kentucky and Toledo. The Hilltoppers were the first to offer him a scholarship.

"That means a lot," Aikens said. "They stuck with me the whole time. It's a good program. So is Toledo. They did good in their bowl game."

Aikens plans to visit Toledo this weekend and then travel to Western Kentucky the next week.

"I'm going to take both visits before making a decision," Aikens said.


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