Unexpected gift for Shaw

Stanford has had some success with prospects coming out of the state of Georgia in recent years and they picked up a commitment from another Peach State prospect on Wednesday. The offer came Tuesday night, the commitment less than 24 hours later...

Stanford has been recruiting Denzel Franklin for months. They have done their evaluation and they offered him a scholarship Tuesday night.

Less than 24 hours later, Franklin is a Cardinal.

"I talked to Coach Anderson Tuesday night and he told me about the offer. He knew I was excited, but I did not tell him I was going to commit today," said an excited Franklin.

Anderson extended the offer Franklin's way, laid the groundwork, and then head coach David Shaw got an unexpected birthday present.

"I called Coach Shaw today and made it official. I told him happy birthday first and then we talked about practice for a little bit. I went ahead and committed to him right after that. It was awesome."

It did not take much thinking on Franklin's part. He has known if Stanford offered him a scholarship, then he was likely going to take it up on it's offer.

"It's always been a place I wanted to be. They have it all out there. Once I got the offer, talked with my mom, I talked with my coach, and I made my decision. It was very easy for me."

Stanford has recruited the 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete out of Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy as a defensive back. He could play cornerback or safety there. Franklin is OK with either position.

He is not even thinking about his position once he gets there. Franklin is still trying to get a grasp on what transpired Wednesday afternoon.

"It hasn't hit me yet," he said when asked about being a Stanford Cardinal. "I am in shock still. I do not know what to think to be honest. I just cannot believe it."

When asked about how strong his commitment is, Franklin quickly answered, "I am 100-percent committed to Stanford. There is no doubt about it."

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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