Interest Building For Kendal Franklin

Add a few more schools to the list of suitors for 2015 four-star defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid Kendal Franklin. Three more programs have offered over the last week for the New Orleans Easton standout performer, but one School is still on top at this stage in his recruitment...

Despite the added attention, the Boise offer still says he has eyes for the blue turf, although it's not a done deal just yet. He still wants to make his decision during the summer, but Franklin has backed off the May deadline with the influx of new visitors. The new plan is to wait until August to decide.

"Boise is still the top choice," said Franklin, who wants to wait until August to make his decision, "but I'm still keeping my options open." He's going to have plenty from which to choose. On Tuesday night, Franklin received offers from Tulsa and Arizona and received an offer from Houston on Wednesday. It puts his current total to seven – Boise, Louisiana Tech, the University of Louisiana – Lafayette and Appalachian State being the others – with more potential offers on the horizon.

"I've just got to keep working hard and stay focused," he said of the extra attention.

It's been a process of gaining momentum for the 6'3", 235-pound stud pass rusher, who has used some stellar camp performances to keep building his profile. Following an MVP performance at the National Underclassmen Combine Five Star Showcase on March 23, he nearly took another at the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp on April 6, taking second place in the voting for the weekend.

The buzz he's generated has led to him getting a visit from coaches from Florida State, Southern California, Florida and Oklahoma, among others.

Franklin is hopeful all the new attention will lead to him getting graded again and earning that last star he covets.

"I know my state ranking is going to go up," he said. "Some of the coaches were saying I might get another grade. They think I'm pretty good."

Despite the influx of teams coming to analyze Franklin, the Broncos have yet to make a trip down to New Orleans.

"I'm still talking with Coach (Marcel) Yates," said Franklin, who is yet to plan a trip to Boise, but would like to once spring practices are over. "He says he's going to come out soon. There's still three weeks of spring ball left, so I'm not worried."

Franklin has kept himself busy during the offseason, throwing shot put with the track and field team to stay in shape. His best toss of 34 feet was good enough to qualify for the state meet, but once spring football started, track went to the back burner.

A natural athlete off the edge, Franklin has a 4.53 40-yard dash, 4.23 shuttle, 330-pound bench and 485-pound squat. It all helps him make a name for himself, which is all he's trying to do. "I just want to keep getting better, keep it moving," he said.

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