Frantz Impressed With Local Programs

Scott Frantz grew up watching KU, K-State, and Mizzou. The Lawrence (KS) Free State offensive tackle has offers from the two Sunflower State programs, and could soon add one from the Tigers. Go Inside as Frantz talks about the local schools, and where things stand with his recruitment…

Growing up in Kansas, offensive tackle Scott Frantz knows The Sunflower State's two Division 1 football programs very well. After visiting both KU and Kansas State, the 6-foot-6, 280-pound junior finds himself with offers from the Jayhawks and the Wildcats.

"I've grown up watching these teams play," Frantz said of the traditional rivals. "The fact that, now, because of my hard work, I can be a part of that, is awesome."

After earning All-Sunflower League and All-State honors in 2013, Frantz landed his first D-1 offer from Idaho in February. Though he might not be as well-known as fellow Kansans Christian Gaylord and A.J. Harris, the Firebirds standout is a name on the rise in a loaded in-state offensive line class.

As Frantz tells it, the program across town from his family's home has made quite an impression on him.

"I love KU," he said of Charlie Weis' Jayhawks. "I believe KU is on the right track. I think they are going in the right direction, and the fact they are in my backyard is awesome. I was extremely impressed by the coaching staff, especially the offensive coordinator and line coach, Coach Reagan."

Earlier this month, Frantz made the trip to Manhattan for Junior Day at K-State. The talented junior came away with a new appreciation for Bill Snyder's program.

"It was awesome," he said of his time at KSU. "That team is a very close family, which I loved. They have one of the greatest college coaches ever, a very good staff, and they love to win." Just a half-hour from the Kansas-Missouri border, it's no surprise the Tigers have also joined in recruiting the big tackle.

"I talked to Coach Henson on the phone not too long ago," he said of the Tigers assistant. "I talk to my recruiting coach, Coach Andy Hill, a lot. They send me the most mail, by far, and they seem very high on me. I'm really looking forward to the visit Thursday."

Given the interest from the three local programs, Frantz admits he can see himself playing for any one of them.

"I've definitely thought about it," he said of staying close to home. "There are a lot of reasons to want to be a part of all of these schools, KU, K-State, and Mizzou."

Though he's early in the recruiting process, Frantz knows what he is looking for in a college football program. He's already identified the factors that will enter into his decision.

"A team that wins, and a coaching staff that I can relate to," he said with no hesitation.

"Closeness to home, good academics, and a close-knit locker room where players are family." "Also a good cafeteria, where I will spend a lot of my time," he said with a laugh.

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