Texas DT Likes Gators

Texas defensive tackle <B>Franklin Okam</B> likes Florida and the Gators have offered. Okam, 6-5 and 305 pounds, is from Dallas and he is one of the nation's top defensive prospects.

One of the nation's most coveted defensive linemen among the class of 2004 will be Franklin Okam from Dallas (Texas) Lake Highlands High School. Okam, 6-5 and 305 pounds, plays defensive tackle.

"They say I am quick off the ball and react real well," Okam said. "I have good instincts for the game. I am strong and fast."

Okam runs in the 4.9 range and bench presses 395 pounds. According to Okam, he has two dozen scholarship offers that includes Texas, Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Kansas State, Oklahoma and others.

"I didn't expect all of this to happen so quickly. At first I said 'are these scholarships really for me?' May was pretty crazy.

"Right now I am open. I like Stanford, Notre Dame, A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Florida and Colorado. I want to take all my visits and find a place where I feel comfortable. I am looking for a school with good tradition and I would like the opportunity to play early."

So far this summer, Okam has camped at Texas and Texas A&M. He may camp at Arkansas and Oklahoma State later this summer.

"I liked the Texas camp. Their DL coach gives you a lot of flexibility in what they do and I was impressed with that staff.

"At A&M, their coaches pay a lot of attention to detail and that impressed me about them. I like their scheme and philosophy."

Originally, Okam is from Arkansas. He has two uncles that played at Arkansas and Arkansas Pine Bluff respectively. Okam is also a standout at basketball and track. He plays AAU basketball for the Texas Flight and this summer he's averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game. He placed 5th (in state) in the discuss this past track season.

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