Franklin commits to Army on visit to campus

Donovan Franklin ran wild at Old Mill (Millersville, MD) High School in his first season as the school's feature running back. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete, who began his career at linebacker, caught the attention of Army football shortly after his season ended in the Maryland 4A High School Championship game.

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On Thursday, January 29th, Franklin committed to the United States Military Academy while taking an unofficial visit to campus.

"It was my first visit to West Point," Donovan Franklin told ArmySports.com. "The building have an old-school, kind of classical look, but everything inside is very modern, up-to-date. The scenery is beautiful with the Hudson River, the mountains in the background, and all of the wide open space.

"I called my recruiter, Orlando Mitjans, who was out of town recruiting, to let him know that I was ready to commit. It wasn't being on campus that made me want to commit, but thinking about life after graduation. I know the four years will be hard but once I get that out of the way it will make my life that much easier later on. With football, it's not like I'll be joining a bad team with good academics, or a good team with bad academics. I get to have both and play against top competition."

Franklin rushed for 1,831 yards as a senior. He had 2,110 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns including a 97 yard kickoff return. He was named first team All-State, first team All-Metro, and first team All-County in 2014. Franklin said he was the one who approached Army after the season ended.

"I wasn't expecting the offer but didn't see why I shouldn't send them my film and see what they thought," he explained. "I was shocked that a week and a half later after I contacted them, Coach Mitjans said they were offering me. Coach Mitjans came out to my house to see me, and made me feel like he was recruiting me, as much as I was recruiting him.

"Army likes my running style. They noticed that when I fall, I'm always falling forward. I hit my holes hard and can make people miss. When I get tackled it takes two, three, sometimes six people to bring me down."

At the time of his commitment, Franklin had only D-1 offer, from Army, but was in talks with St. Francis (Pa.) and Wofford. He said making the commitment is a big stress-reliever.

"I'm the type of person who likes to know what's going to happen," said Franklin. "The not-knowing part was a big weight on my shoulders. Now I don't have to keep looking around, I know I'll be going to West Point.

"My family is all very happy. My Mom has already booked a hotel room for Army's first home game, so I'd say she's pretty excited."

Franklin said he's hoping to bring his SAT score up a few points to allow him to receive a direct appointment to West Point so he can start working his way up the Black Knights depth chart at running back.

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