Franklin Pops; Headed To Big 12

After a recent in-home visit, Roger Franklin decided he was ready to make his college decision. He'll lace them up in the Big 12.

Roger Franklin had plans to go on a handful of official visits and make his decision in November. Friday evening he scrapped those plans and became the Oklahoma State's fourth commitment in the 2009 class.

Travis Ford and his staff did a great job recruiting Franklin. The Duncanville (Tex.) High standout cited the way they handled his recruitment as one of the key factors, but also was impressed with their presentation during the in-home visit.

"What I realized is that only three coaches can be out during that period," Franklin said. "Oklahoma State brought out all the coaches and flew down on a private plane. They were all dressed in shirt, ties and slacks and were all saying, ‘Roger Franklin we want you.'"

"They clarified my official and they had a power point," he continued. "They did everything. They really did impress me. Oklahoma State had been one of my favorites for a long time. I just said this is the place that I want to go."

Franklin had offers from Arizona, Michigan State and Oklahoma, while UCLA had recently shown interest. Scout.com's 9th ranked SF said he meshed with Coach Ford and got a good feel for his staff.

"One of the main reasons I wanted to play for him is because he's cut from the Rick Pitino tree. He played for Kentucky. He knows how to be a great coach, he knows what it takes to get to the next level and he knows how to work his players hard."

"We have comparable qualities," Franklin, who is ranked No. 43 overall, said. "We both love to win and we both want to work hard and get each other better. I'm going to help him become a better coach and he's going to help me become a better player, person and man."

Franklin joins Richmond (Tex.) Travis standout Ray Penn, Fayetteville (Ark.) High product Fred Gulley and Torin Walker, of Columbus (Ga.) Northside, to make up the Cowboys current 2009 class.

"Coach Ford is a coach that I would love to play for," Franklin said. "I wanted to play in a Oklahoma State uniform, so that's where I committed to."


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