Franklin Will Stay In The West

Gary Franklin, a 2010 prospect, made his college decision late Monday evening. A Pac 10 school scored the talented guard.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei is known for spitting out basketball talent. In the 2009 class they'll likely have a trio of guys sign with high major programs and in the 2010 class they already have Tyler Lamb headed to UCLA.

Late Monday night, Mater Dei had another prospect commit to a high major program. Gary Franklin, a 6-foot, 180-pound guard, made the decision to play for Tim Floyd and USC.

"We went up there to see them scrimmage a little bit and then we made the decision after that," Gary Franklin Sr. told

"I think over the past few weeks they've done a great job recruiting him," he continued. "They've come out a couple of times and watched him work out and we were really starting to feel comfortable with those guys."

Franklin had plenty of other interested parties. Arizona, Baylor and Utah had all expressed scholarship offers, while California and Stanford had shown some serious interest as well.

"I think there were a couple of reasons [he picked USC]," Franklin Sr. said. "Gary wanted to play in the Pac 10. He really wanted to play in the Pac 10 and I think he's looking forward to building that rivalry between UCLA and USC."

"Growing up he used to always play basketball and football, and I always took him over to USC mainly for football. But he stopped playing football and that kind of went away, but I think it was kind of a Déjà vu to transfer back into USC and the basketball end of it."

USC now has a pair of commitments in the 2010 class. Franklin joins Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester product Dwayne Polee, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward.

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