Noles and Canes Hot After South Fla OL

Florida State is after one of the hottest rising offensive line prospects in the country in a 6-foot-6 and 300 pound standout from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic.

Last year Orlando Franklin moved from Toronto Canada to South Florida and ever since he's been on the mind of several big-time programs such as Miami, Florida, Florida State, Minnesota and Louisville.

"Last weekend I visited Minnesota and this weekend I got Louisville," he said. "I got Florida State and Miami set up in January."

Though he's not on the record, it appears that Miami and Florida State could be the top two teams on his list.

"I grew up watching Miami and Florida State play on television," he said. "They were always on TV in Canada."

Early playing time and his mother will be key factors in my decision.

"I can play early pretty much anywhere but my mother would like for me to stay in Florida so she can watch my games," he said. "She will understand though if I have to go out of state for a good opportunity."

Both staffs have been in constant contact with him via mail and the telephone.

"Miami isn't promising me anything but said if I work hard enough there's a good opportunity for me," he said. "From Florida State, I talk with Coach Lilly and McHale. They tell me that there's an opportunity for me to be 2nd string right away. They both seem very trustworthy and I believe them."

He's even been to see both schools play this year.

"I've been to every Miami home game," he said. "I went to see FSU for the Citadel game. Tallahassee is a nice big city and the stadium is big."

Another factor for Franklin is how well he'll relate to the coaches.

Look for the South Florida Standout to make a decision a week before signing day.

As a senior, he's benched up to 370 pounds to go along with a squat of 500 pounds. He also has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds.


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