Roughly 48 hours before he announces his college decision, Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken said Friday afternoon he has made his decision. Aiken narrowed his choice to Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech. He has not told anyone outside of his inner circle which school he has chosen. “It was hard, it’s three great schools,” Aiken said. “When I got to a top three, I always knew it would be one of those three, but I never knew which one it would be. All of them have great football programs and academics. It was really tough.” Aiken said he’s happy with his choice and confident he made the right decision. “It was everything I was looking for,” he said. “Family atmosphere, I feel like I’m home when I’m there, and it’s good on academics. That’s something that’s big to me and my mom.” Aiken will hold a news conference Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at his school to announce his decision.
QB Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown, PA attended Maryland’s camp earlier this week and he had the chance to meet up with some of the new staff. “He had an opportunity to meet the offensive coordinator and he spent some time with him and Coach Edsall,” Nosovitch’s father said. “We drove around the campus a little bit.” Maryland just took a commitment from Blue Ridge High quarterback Caleb Rowe but the Terps remain interested in Nosovitch. But right now his interest is more with USC and a commitment may not be far off. “There’s no doubt South Carolina has always been very high on his list and that remains the case,” Gene Nosovitch said. “He’s getting closer and closer to a decision. Assuming nothing else crops up, I think you’ll see him making a decision with a couple of weeks, maybe in early July. But he wants to get comfortable with his decision and he wants to have more discussions with Coach Mangus.” Nosovitch has previously said Mangus told him he is the #1 quarterback prospect on the USC board. He was at a USC camp last week where he worked out in front of Mangus and head coach Steve Spurrier.
DL Eddie Goldman (6-4 305) of Washington, DC has visited the Palmetto State before and his coach said earlier this week he plans to be back on Monday. Goldman visited Clemson in the spring. This time he will take a closer look at USC. The Tigers and Gamecocks are two of the 15 finalists for Goldman who some consider the top defensive line prospect in the country. The others on his list are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma, Virginia and California. Last week Goldman took a visit to California. He has also visited Maryland, Alabama, Miami, North Carolina, Florida State, Florida and West Virginia. He does not claim any favorites among his final 15 and he doesn’t plan to make a decision until Signing Day. Last season Goldman totaled 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks.
USC’s interest in WR Cordarrelle Patterson of Hutchinson JC, KS seems to have dropped off. Patterson, a product of Northwestern High School, said recently he hasn’t heard from Gamecock recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. in a while. “They are not showing much interest, so I don’t have much interest,” said Patterson who at one point had planned to visit USC this summer. He has visited Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Auburn. Patterson said he does not have a favorite at this point and won’t make a decision until the season. He claims offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Nebraska and Auburn.