OL Thinks Highly of UM

While living in Canada, Orlando Franklin wasn't confident in getting an opportunity to fulfill a dream of playing college football. That's one of the main reasons why he moved to South Florida last August.

"I'm originally from Jamaica," Franklin said. "Then I lived in Canada until last year. I just thought the opportunity to go to college would be better living down here."

So far, so good.

Orlando Franklin, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 301 pounds, was forced to sit out his junior season because of grades. That motivated the young lineman.

"I worked out so hard and really stayed focused," he said. "I learned a lot from it. I came out in the spring and really played hard. That's when I started getting a lot of recruiting attention from the colleges. I went to some camps over the summer and I felt like I prepared myself well for my senior year."

Again, mission accomplished.

Franklin was a dominating presence for Delray Beach (Fla. Atlantic this season. He emerged as one of the state's best linemen and has college programs from all over banging on his door.

"Some guys are good at just run blocking and some are good at just pass blocking," he said. "I'm able to do both really well. I had a good year. I've got visits set up to Florida State (2nd week of January) and Miami (final week of January). I'm still up in the air with the others but those are for sure."

The talented senior spoke about the two in-state programs.

"Florida State is a great program," he said. "They've been coming at me hard the whole time. They came to my game and called the next day, started sending text messages and things like that. Miami is a great atmosphere. I've always heard about the hype, even when I lived in Canada. There's only 9,500 students there. The coaches are excellent and I really enjoy talking to Coach Cristobal."

Now that his senior season is finished, Franklin is turning his focus to the classroom.

"I have my core up at a 2.35," he said. "It's gonna come up some more too. I have a 780 SAT score and all I need is 60 points. I'm just working out every day and will be studying for the test."

The big man has almost made it. The dream of playing college football is getting closer to becoming a reality.

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