Orlando Franklin Q&A

Orlando Franklin is a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Delray Beach, Fla. who signed with Miami earlier this month.

What's your family like (who raised you)?

"My mom raised me until I was about 13. Then my mom became a healthcare aide in Florida. I stayed with my brother in Canada. He helped raise me for a good portion of my life as well."

Have you already built friendships with any guys on the team?

"I try and keep in touch with as many guys as possible. I talk with Jon Beason a lot. Reggie Youngblood, Kyle Wright, and a few other guys I have talked to on the phone a couple times."

How soon will you get to campus?

"I will be in Miami June 6."

Have you decided upon a major?

"I plan on majoring in finance and to get a minor in economics."

What do you think of the depth chart in front of you?

"I think like any other player would think. Just go there, work hard, and it doesn't matter who is in front of you."

Has the coaching staff spoken with you about redshirting?

"I talked to them but they really don't feel that I need to redshirt. It's really up to me how fast I will learn the systems and plays."

When did you first start playing football?

"I was around 12 or 13 years old but that was just playing around. Real football was freshman year of high school. So I was around 14 or 15 years old when it got serious."

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

"My mom, she really has done a lot for me and my brother. Just seeing how hard it was for her to raise two kids on her own had a real impact on my life".

Talk about your favorite football memory.

"When I was 15 I was playing for the 19 and under Team Ontario. One play a linebacker blitzed and hit the quarterback who dropped the ball. I picked it up and scored a touchdown."

When did you know you were going to be a major recruit?

"I think I first knew when spring football came around. I didn't know if living in Canada I would get a chance. When I moved down here coach kept telling me I had a chance to play in college. I didn't know it was that much easier in the states. Right when spring started I was getting three to four coaches out there everyday watching me practice."

What made UM different than everyone else?

"It was really the relationship that coach Cristobal and I had. Also, Miami is really established and it is a great environment. I am in Delray Beach and I didn't want to leave the people that I like and like me. I really have good role models in my life right now, and Miami has a great tradition and program."

Growing up in Canada did you get a chance to watch many of Miami's games?

"I really knew a lot about Miami when I was in Canada. It was one of the teams you would see a lot on TV. I knew they always had good teams and they built a great tradition."

Do you have any favorite former Canes?

"I used to watch Joaquin Gonzalez, Bryant McKinnie, Vernon Carey, and I really tried to learn from their play."

Which assistant coach was most responsible for recruiting you to Miami?

"Coach Cristobal was the coach that gave me calls all the time. He wasn't like all the others coaches who would call and only talk about recruiting. When Coach Cristobal called he wanted to know about my family and how school was going."

What's the best memory of your recruiting process?

"It was signing day. A lot of people say I wasn't happy because I looked disappointed when I signed but that was just stress. I was real glad to know where I was going. I didn't know until the morning (of signing day) where I was going. It was a big stress reliever."

What other sports do you play?

"I play basketball right now. We won the district championship last Saturday and we have the regional semifinal tomorrow. I get like 18 minutes per game. I score, but I don't know what my stats are. I do it all really."

Do you have any nicknames?

"Big O"

What are your hobbies outside of playing sports? "I enjoy reading. People probably think that's corny, but its just nice relaxing. I came a long way and I thank god you know."

If you were granted one dream in life, what happens in it?

"I would want my mom to be at every one of my games throughout my life."

What is your favorite….. Food? "Jerk chicken with rice and beans. It's a Jamaican dish." Musical artist? Lil' Wayne

Movie? The Program

TV show? "I'm not sure. I don't really watch TV that much."

Xbox or PS2? XBOX

Do you have a favorite NFL team?

"Oakland Raiders because my uncle knows Randy Moss personally"

Have you had a chance to meet Randy Moss?

"Yeah I ate dinner with Randy the day before yesterday."

Did Randy give you any advice?

"He just told me to go with my heart and never let anyone tell me that I can't do something. Just give 100% every play and to make sure I get a degree."

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

"I hope to still have a career in the NFL."

In closing, do you have any words of wisdom for the Canes faithful?

"I will come there, work hard, and be the best person I can be. I was underrated in high school but in two years I will be the man. To be the best you have to go where the best go. Miami is the best and I am going to be the best."

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