Franklin knows he's not there yet

Denzel Franklin is a versatile athlete out of Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga. and despite having an offer from an SEC school, he knows there is still a long way to go.

"South Carolina has offered me and they offered me about a month ago," Denzel Franklin told Scout. "I also saw coaches from Florida, Miami, Alabama, and a few more came by in the spring and I am getting some mail too."

It is very early for the 2014 athlete and he knows that he still has a lot of work to do.

"It feels good to be hearing from schools already and to be getting offers, but I know I still have a long way to go. I am not there yet and I want to get a lot better. I am just going to keep working hard and use all of the attention to motivate me."

The 6-foot-1, 185 pound rising junior has played all over the football field on the high school level. He is primarily being recruited as a corner though early on in the recruiting process.

He talks about his game.

"As a corner, I feel a read and react well. I think I see the play before it happens and I think I have good hips too. I will be working on getting faster, getting stronger, and my technique this summer. I am a pretty good athlete, but I still can improve a lot at cornerback."

He worked on his technique in Lexington recently. Franklin traveled up for a camp at Kentucky not long ago and he feels he did well.

"I think it went good up at Kentucky a couple of weeks ago," Franlin said. "I think I opened some eyes out there and their coaches talked to me. They knew me more as a running back off of film, so I showed them what I could do at cornerback."

UK is now on Franklin's list of schools. He is from up north, so he actually favored a school that plays in the ACC as a kid.

"When I was young, my favorite team was Boston College. I am from Boston, so I liked Boston College and kind of kept up with then for a while. Since being in Georgia though, I like South Carolina, Miami, Kentucky, and schools like that. I am really looking around at everyone though right now."

Franklin plans to camp at Miami, South Carolina, and South Florida this summer.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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