Franklin's Recruitment Picking Up

2014 RB Jarvion Franklin's recruitment has gained momentum in recent weeks.

CHAMPAIGN - Jarvion Franklin was at the front of the line all day during a recent one-day camp at Illinois.

He ran the 40-yard dash first. He went through every drill first. He was the first to go during one-on-one pass sessions.

And after nearly every rep he took, the 2014 running back from Andrew High (Tinley Park, Ill.) turned to watch and encourage his peers.

"I just tried to get all the running backs going because if we all get moving it's contagious and everybody is going to keep moving and working hard.

"I like to pay attention to the details, and I like to make sure if I'm the first guy in line that I do it right. If I do it wrong, I can't help everybody else. If they do it wrong I try to help them out."

The camp was important for Franklin. It was a chance to show the Illinois staff what kind of player he is. At 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Franklin currently holds offers from Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Ball State, Miami of Ohio, Eastern Illinois, Toldeo and New Mexico.

But he readily admits how he feels about a potential offer from the Fighting Illini.

"I talk to the coaches at Illinois a lot," he said. "I've been talking to them for a year-and-a-half. Of course I want an offer. Like they say in the mail they send me, it's 'my state, my team.' I'd love to have an offer from my home state school."

Illinois running backs coach Tim Salem spent a good bit of time teaching Franklin subtle aspects of his craft during the camp. Franklin said all of the instruction "definitely made me better, especially route running-wise. I learned how to use that head fake better and the importance of the jab step. You can shift the best linebackers in the world doing that."

Illinois isn't the only Big Ten team giving Franklin a long look. He's hearing most from Michigan State and Minnesota, as well as Cincinnati and Iowa State.

Of course he'd like to play at the highest level possible, but Franklin isn't trying to put too much pressure on himself to garner offers.

"I'm kind of letting it happen, but before I didn't really know how important it was to be at these one day camps," he said. "I thought schools would come to see me, so I was just waiting for them. But all the schools started telling me that they were waiting for me to come to camp."

Since showing up at a few camps, more offers have come. Northern Illinois offered the day after he camped at the school a few weeks ago.

"That was the most exciting thing that's happened to me in my recruiting to this point," he said.

As the rest of his recruitment shakes out, Franklins says he'll lean on his family and coaches for support and keep pushing hard to open up more options.

"My family, they help me out a lot and keep my head level and keep me working hard," he said. "That makes me want to get more offers and show up and do well."

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