First offer in for Franklin

It's Donovan Franklin's athleticism that makes him dangerous with the ball in his hands. The former state qualifier in the 110-meter hurdlers made the transition from linebacker to running back this season at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Mary. and put in a performance that took the Patriots to the 4A state championship game.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running backer spoke with on his first D-1 offer which came in one day after Christmas.

"I sent Army my senior film about a week and a half ago," Franklin said. "We had a running back, Marcus Hicks, who was offered by Army last year. I wanted to email them and see what they had to say. I wasn't really expecting an offer when I did.

"Coach Orlando (Mitjans) got back to me immediately and said that he really liked what he saw and was going to show it to the head coach. The day after Christmas he said that Coach Monken had seen the film and liked it. They weren't going to waste anymore time with it and go ahead and send mean official offer in the mail.

"I'm both excited and relieved to receive the offer. It's always been a goal of mine to play at that level of competition. It feels great to know that Army believes that I offer something of value to their program. It's amazing. I never thought about going into the Army as a career, but I see a lot of possibilities. I always wanted to work in the FBI or the CIA and I can do something at West Point which will help set me up to work in that field. I'll get in, do my time, and come out with a bright future ahead of me."

Franklin began his career at Old Mill playing a hybrid linebacker/free safety position. In his sophomore year, he made three picks, four sacks, and 86 tackles, second on the team. He remained in that role as a junior, but with the departure of Hicks, was moved to running back in his senior season.

"This season went way better than I expected, way better," he said. "Coming into the season, we had no experience on the line, none. We started out 0-2, but then beat Meade, a pretty good team, 37-0. After that, we started blowing people out.

"At one point in the season, I didn't think I'd come close to 1,000 yards rushing, but I finished with more than 1,800 and over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Early on, I overheard a player saying 'the team will go as far as Donovan takes us'. In the playoffs, I went for more than 100 yards in every game and had 140 in the state championship at M&T Bank Stadium, but we lost by three."

For his senior effort, Franklin was named first team All-Anne Arundel County, first team All-Metro by the Baltimore Sun. While Army was the first to offer after the season, many other colleges are making strong overtures in Franklin's direction.

"I'm still weighing my options," said Franklin. "The Rutgers coach was saying I should go there and walk-on. Stony Brook has me at number two on their board behind a local guy. Monmouth has expressed interest. I took an unofficial to Cincinnati during the season. I've been in and out of contact with coaches but nothing solid until now with Army. I have a bunch of dates to go to West Point on an official visit which will probably take place January 23rd or the 30th. I will probably decide sometime after that."

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