Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken (6-3 250) today announced a commitment to Clemson. Aiken chose the Tigers over USC and Georgia Tech. He camped at Clemson earlier this month and also made trips to USC and Georgia Tech. “Everytime I went there I felt that it was the place for me,” Aiken said. “Clemson really touched me.” He narrowed his list to those final three from a long list of offers that also included Tennessee, Illinois, East Carolina, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech, Auburn, North Carolina, Louisville, Alabama, Michigan, Arkansas and Southern Cal. Aiken had said he was looking for an atmosphere similar to what he enjoyed in Bamberg, and he was also looking for a certain attitude among the players. “I want to be where there will be some blue collar workers, guys not afraid to get dirty,” Aiken said. Aiken will follow in the path of former Red Raider stars Rickey Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers who went on to All American careers at Clemson. Both consulted with Aiken earlier this month regarding his decision. Last season Aiken had 106 tackles with 36 for loss and 13 sacks. ‘I’m strong and quick off the ball,” Aiken said. “I like to pin my ears back and go after the quarterback.” Martin is firm with his commitment saying, “I’m not going to take any more visits because I know where I want to be. I’m going to miss (the recruiting process) because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance but at the same time I’m glad it’s over.” He becomes the 12th commitment for the 2012 class.
WR Stefon Diggs (6-0 160) of Olney, MD is scheduled for an unofficial visit to USC Monday. Diggs has over 40 offers at this point, including USC and Clemson, and is regarded as one of the nation’s top overall prospects. He also has taken visits this spring and summer to Auburn, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and New Mexico. He’s also looking at NC State, Miami and Cal for possible visits. Diggs plans to narrow his list to 12 to 15 schools before his season. He wants to take all of his official visits before making his decision which he plans to announce at the Army AA Game or on Signing day. He already has decided on Auburn for one of his official visits. Last season Diggs caught 23 touchdowns passes.
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.
Late last week the father of QB Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown, PA said USC was the team out front for his son. In a story printed Saturday morning in the Morning Call of Allentown, Nosovitch confirmed what his father had said. “I feel like, yeah, I am [close to deciding],” Nosovitch told writer Stephen Miller. “South Carolina is definitely No. 1 on my list right now. I don’t anticipate it taking too much longer. South Carolina has definitely been the school that’s recruited me the hardest. I’m getting a good feeling from them. I really like the campus. The quarterback coach [GA Mangus] has worked with me. It feels like a good place to be and could be the right place to be for me. Oregon really wants me to come out and visit. Possibly I could get an offer from them. [Visiting Oregon] is something I’m thinking about. It’s a really long way away. Probably in the next couple of days I’ll be making a decision about that.” Nosovitch is expected to make his decision in early July according to his father.
OL Bryce Kennedy (6-3 285) of Southern Pines, NC has visited NC State and Duke this summer and has plans to visit USC. “I want to get back down there,” Kennedy said. He has offers from USC, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Stanford, Florida International, Temple and East Carolina. He has narrowed his list to four. USC, North Carolina, NC State, Duke and Wake Forest are those schools with no favorites. “I do like South Carolina a lot,” he said. “They offered me first and that means a lot to me.” Kennedy will visit North Carolina and Stanford this summer as well. He does not have a timeframe for making a decision.
DB Clinton Heaven (6-1195) of Bradenton, FL is in no hurry to make a decision. “I want to visit several schools and see what they have to offer,” Heaven said. “If a school has all of the things I’m looking for, I’ll go ahead and commit.” Heaven is looking at the academics of the school, their coaching staff, the depth chart and somewhere he feels comfortable before making his decision. “When I find the right school, I’ll go ahead and commit,” he said. He has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers and Bowling Green among others. Heaven took an unofficial visit to USC last week while making his way back home from an FCA camp. “I didn’t get to talk to any coaches or anything but I stopped by to look at the campus and facilities,” he said. “It’s a nice place.” He visited Clemson in a similar fashion. Heaven will visit Vanderbilt, NC State and UNC in a couple of weeks and plans to visit USC. He named USC, Vanderbilt, NC State and UNC as his top four in no order.
The USC baseball team has received a commitment for the 2012 class from RHP Tyler Jackson (6-4 180) of Wren. Last season Jackson was 8-0 with a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 77 batters in 57 innings and was named all region and all state. Clemson and the College of Charleston were also recruiting Jackson.