Noles Offer South Florida Standout

One of the most intriguing prospects in the state of Florida hails from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic. The 6-foot-6 and 300 pound offensive tackle hasn't even taken a single regular season snap in the United States. However, that didn't stop Seminole recruiting coordinator John Lilly from offering him a scholarship.


Offensive tackle Orlando Franklin played six years of football in Toronto Canada. His potential has caught the eye of several college coaches last spring.

"He actually had some pretty good coaching in Canada," Coach Jim Maloney said. "He's adjusting to the heat and speed of the game in the United States."

Franklin impressed coaches working the D-1 Camp at Nova Southeastern University in Davie over the summer, which is becoming a premier line camp.

"My opinion on Franklin is the kid was the best line prospect at the camp," said Hollywood Hills High Coach Jeff Bosley, who worked the event. "The kid was blowing guys off the ball. If he improves his technique, watch out, he will be a very good one."

Franklin wants to play his college ball in state of Florida.

"I want to play for a college in Florida," Franklin said. "South Florida, Central Florida and Florida State have offered. Coach Lilly offered me from Florida State and I really like him."

The South Florida standout admits that he doesn't know much about schools now and that he's concentrating on qualifying academically.

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