4-star defensive back Martin Aiken plans to be the next great defensive lineman from Bamberg to play for the Tigers. Sunday afternoon Aiken held a press conference to announce his commitment to the Tigers.
The finalists for the Bamberg-Ehrhardt standout were Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia Tech. Many of the top programs in the nation had offered the prize recruit including Texas, Southern California, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Colorado and Michigan State.
Earlier this month Martin attended the Dabo Swinney camp where he built some relationships with several other Clemson commitments including Ronald Geohaghan, Patrick Destefano and Jay Guillermo.
Coach Crosby compared Aiken to two former Tigers greats.
“On the field Martin is an outstanding player. He plays the game real violent. He’s kind of a field general when he’s out on the field. He models himself after Ricky Sapp and DaQuan Bowers who have kind of set the tone for him. He’s a vocal leader on the field and also leads by example,” said Crosby.
As a junior Martin had 13 sacks, 36 tackles for loss and 112 tackles.
Martin becomes the 12th commitment for the Tiger’s class of 2012.