Noah Franklin (6-4, 295, 5.1), the offensive lineman from Vinita, Okla. who committed to Oklahoma State this summer, is now re-evaluating everything with the departure of Cowboys head coach Les Miles for LSU.
Thus he has decided to take an official visit to the University of Arkansas on Jan. 21-23 after a home visit from UA offensive line coach Mike Markuson las week.
"It was a very close decision for me the first time," Franklin said. "I really like their campus and the atmosphere so I am going to take an official visit and look over things."
Arkansas would love to add him to a list that already includes Russellville's Joey Crossland (6-6, 302, 5.2), Richardson (Texas) Pearce standout Colin Tucker (6-5, 282, 5.2), St. Francis (WI) tackle Jose Valdez (6-6, 310, 5.2) and Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay's Michael Aguirre (6-5, 305, 5.2).
Bryant's Nathan Parsons (6-8, 330, 5.3) has also announced his plans to walk on.
Franklin, who bench presses 330, squats 630, has a 3.75 grade point average and has also posted a 21 on his ACT, knows Arkansas is very interested in him.
"They called me the night all that went down with Coach Miles to LSU and said they would still love to have me," Franklin said. "That impressed me a lot."
Franklin still considers himself committed to Oklahoma State, but doesn't try to hide his disappointment with whats happen with the Cowboys.
Not only is head coach Les Miles left for LSU, but OSU offensive line coach Chuck Moeller was neither offered a job at LSU or retained by new Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy.
"I can't tell you how disappointing that was because I committed more to Coach Miles and Coach Moeller than I did the school," Franklin said. "But they had to do what was best for them and now I will have to take a look at what is best for me. But I am still committed to OSU right now."
Franklin tore his MCL in the eighth week of the season and missed the final two games of his team's 6-4 season.
"I'm back healthy and completely ready to go," Franklin said. "I'm really going to do some thinking about this."
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