Ja'mion Franklin, the No. 5 defensive tackle in the East, knows his decision date. It is July 1.
Now, the Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline standout has one other important thing to settle on in his recruitment – his choice of school.
The 6-foot-1 1/2, 310-pound Franklin is planning at least four more visits, but more could take place.
“I’m probably going to go to Virginia Tech soon,” Franklin said. “They are working that out, so I am going to see what they have to offer.”
At the center of the discussion for Franklin is Notre Dame, which recently offered during a trip to campus. He will return in two months.
“I’m looking at date in late June, and I want to be there for Irish Invasion but I have to see my dad’s vacation (schedule),” Franklin said. “I’m also going to go to Clemson again and I will go to Virginia's spring game. Other than that, whatever pops up, pops up.”
And in making so many trips and getting to know a lot of college coaches, Franklin gained an understanding of what is important in his recruitment.
“There is just an unspoken feeling you get when you go some places, and you can definitely see yourself being there,” he said. “It’s about the people, too. You can just tell when people are just putting on a face just to get you there and try to get you to go there, and you can tell when people are being really genuine and they really care about you and the aspects of your decision and where you’re actually going to be."
Frankin has a strong understanding of what he wants in a school.
“It’s the people, the tradition there and I have to see the potential of the place," he said. "Sometimes it’s fool’s gold. You have to look beyond that and see what the potential of the actual program is going to be.”
Academics are at the forefront for Franklin.
“That is definitely the most important because the mind lasts way longer than what goes on in football," he said. “Wherever I go, I want to be set for life, so I am looking at alumni programs, the education, the degree’s value when I make my decision on a school.”
In choosing July 1 for his decision, Franklin said it had no special significance.
“It’s just a matter of I sat down with my family,” he said, “I sat down with my head coach and decided that would be a good day because it is before summer workouts and before the season, and then I can go into the season without carrying the burden of recruiting.”