South Florida OL Down to Two Visits

Orlando Franklin emerged as a big-time football player this season -- his first in America. Now he's emerged as one of the top recruits in the entire state. After taking visits to Minnesota and Louisville, he began a busy stretch last Friday with a trip to Gainesville.

"The visit was really good," Franklin said. "I had a chance to meet and hang out with a lot of the players. It was cool seeing what they're like and what they say about the program and the school. My host was Dorrian Monroe, who is from Miami. I talked to the coaches, hung out with the players, went to a basketball game, and saw some other recruits like CJ Spiller. It was a good visit."

After being recruited hard by Miami and Florida State for the entire year, Florida threw its name into the mix fairly late in the game.

"They came in kinda late but it doesnt matter," he said. "Florida is a really great school with really good coaches. They really made my decision harder because I really enjoyed it there."

The talented lineman will trip to Tallahassee this weekend, followed by UM on the 27th. He was asked for his thoughts on the coaching situation at Miami.

"It's too bad they let Art Kehoe go," he said. "They had to make changes. It doesn't really matter to me, though. I hate to see people losing their jobs but it's part of the business. Coach Cristobal has been recruiting me from the beginning and he could be the new O-Line coach."

Franklin has been impressed with Cristobal from day one.

"He and I have a great relationship," he said. "He's been real straight up with me from the beginning. He came to Jamaica to meet my family recently. He really cares about people outside of football. He and Coach Coker are coming by the house later this week."

The big senior tackle will likely make a signing day decision. He said it's more confusing than ever before.

"This is a really big decision and I'm having a tough time with it," he said. "As of right now, all three of them are excellent schools. I could see myself at any of the three. There are good things about each of them. It's going to be a really tough decision and I'll be glad when it's over."

Franklin talked about some of the factors he'll look for when it comes time to sit down and make a final decision.

"How the coaching staff is, how the graduation rate is, and how I'm able to connect with the players," he said. "I saw Florida and now I'll see Florida State and Miami over the next two weekends. It's all even right now."

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