Philadelphia linebacker looking at officials

Arizona recently offered Philadelphia linebacker Zaire Franklin. Read on for his thoughts on the offer, when he wants to decide, and more.

Rich Rodriguez has promised to recruit nationally and, true to form, his first couple recruiting classes contained players from all over the country.

He is looking to make his mark in the northeast and one prospect he has spent a lot of time recruiting is 2014 Philadelphia La Salle inside linebacker, Zaire Franklin.

"Coach Rodriguez has been calling me at least once a week when it is allowed and he usually talks with me for like 20-30 minutes," Franklin said.

"He's let me know that they definitely want me there and that he's trying to recruit nationally and wants to start getting kids out of the Philadelphia/New York area."

While he loves the recruiting attention, Franklin is having a hard time coming up with a preferred list of schools.

"It's so hard for me at this moment to name favorites or anything like that," Franklin said. "I thought I had a favorite list of schools and it seems a new one enters the mix all the time, which just happened with Arizona and Wisconsin."

Due to that fact, Franklin says that his official visits will play a large role in his decision.

"The official visits will be very important for me," he said. "Financially, it's difficult for me to take a lot of unofficials, so going on my official visits will be my first time to really travel the country and compare the pluses and minuses of each school."

Franklin has a general idea of what he he's looking for in his future school.

"I want to go to a school with a good business program and a school with kind of an underdog mentality," Franklin said. "Arizona really fits that well because when you think of the Pac-12 you think of schools like Oregon, Stanford and USC.

"Arizona is one of those schools that is good and is looking to get into that class. Achieving something like that is something I would like to be a part of."

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