Franklin Will Wait and See

With the early basketball signing period beginning today, the Buffs will fill two of their three scholarship spots. Levi Knutson signed his LOI Wednesday morning, and Caleb Patterson will sign one in the afternoon. Stephen Franklin, however, has opened up his recruiting in the wake of Ricardo Patton's announcement he's done at CU after this season.

Aurora Central 6-foot-5 small forward Stephen Franklin has opened up his recruiting, in large part due to the coaching situation at Colorado.

Franklin verbally committed to the Buffs earlier this year. But after Colorado head coach Ricardo Patton announced his decision not to seek or accept a contract extension after this season, Franklin will not sign a LOI with the Buffs during the early basketball signing period happening today through Nov. 15, ACHS head coach Bob Caton told BSN Wednesday.

"That was probably a major factor," Caton said of the CU coaching situation. "Just the unrest of not knowing what's going to happen up there. He's still very much interested in CU. I still think that's his No. 1 choice, he just wants to wait and make sure the coach who comes in wants him too."

The spring signing period is in April.

Franklin is regarded as one of the top prospects, if not the top prospect in the state of Colorado this season. He averaged 18 points per game as a junior, and has started since his freshman season at Aurora Central.

Franklin is a two-sport start at ACHS, as he played wide receiver and safety for ACHS this fall. He was one of the state's top receivers.

Franklin told BSN in September he was interested in playing both basketball and football in college, but at that time, he had not broached the subject with either Patton or any coaches on the CU football staff. Franklin is close friends with the other top two-sport star in the state this year, Devin Aguilar, of Mullen High School.

Aguilar verbally committed to Washington in September, and will reportedly be able to play both sports for the Huskies. A Denver Post report on Wednesday said Washington is showing interest in Franklin, as well.

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