Franklin gives Arkansas a Dandy Dozen

Not only did Arkansas beat Ole Miss soundly on the football field last Saturday, but it beat the Rebels on the recruiting trail on Wednesday when Marion star Jerry Franklin (6-3, 210) verbally committed to sign with the Razorbacks. He talks with Hawgs Illustrated about what made him decide to go ahead and make his decision known now.

The University of Arkansas can now count itself as having a couple of wins over Ole Miss in the past few days.

In addition to whipping the Rebels 38-3 in Fayetteville last Saturday, the Razorbacks learned Wednesday afternoon that they had added Marion safety Jerry Franklin as their 12th commitment of the 2007 recruiting class.

"I just decided there was really no reason to wait when I made up my mind," Franklin said. "I want to stay home and play for Arkansas. Everything's going really good with them right now and I want to be a part of that."

Franklin has scored via the run, the pass, run back fumbles for touchdowns, took interceptions to the house and also returned a kickoff for a score for the Patriots this season.

He called Arkansas assistant coach Danny Nutt on Wednesday to inform him of his decision.

"He was very excited that I decided to go ahead and get it done," Franklin said. "I'm happy to have it taken care of."

Certainly Arkansas' 38-3 drubbing of Ole Miss played a part according to Franklin.

"Yes, it did" Franklin said. "Arkansas' got some young player, but also some older ones and they are just playing really well right now. Ole Miss has got a lot of freshman and sophomores and some problems so Arkansas is just the best place for me. Like I said it's my home state and I want to represent."

One other big factor was that Arkansas coaches - who were originally were looking at him as a outside linebacker - got to watch him during the season and saw he has the skills and speed to be a college safety.

That's where Ole Miss was planning on playing him.

"I love that and it really was a big factor for me," Franklin said. "It made the decision real easy."

Marion coach Mark Uhiren says Arkansa is getting a dandy.

"In all honesty, he started off this season a little slow, but right now he is playing like a man among boys," Uhiren said. "The kid has great ability, some really good qualities and when it puts them all together he is really hard to stop from doing anything he wants to do."

Franklin, who is playing safety and wideout for Marion, had clearly started to lean to the Razorbacks after their 27-10 win over No. 2 Auburn that vaulted the program back onto the national stage.

"They game really told me a lot about the Razorbacks and how much heart they have to go along with their ability," Franklin said. "They are doing a lot of great things."

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