Husker still feeling the heat from other schools

Dead periods are only dead on the surface. In the background recruits are still busy thinking about recruiting, playing other sports, relaxing after long seasons and some are still trying to ace the test. This Husker commit is busy with all of the above.

One of the first commits for Nebraska came from deep in Texas and didn't come by itself. Nebraska has been known to nab players from the same school before in the past and this year was no different.

Nebraska offered many pairs of team mates at the high school and junior college level this year and so far has landed one pair. Calvin Mickens and Wallace Franklin both committed to Nebraska before even seeing Lincoln and have remained solid. Their seasons have come to an end, but that is just where things start to get interesting for Wallace Franklin.

"The season ended up pretty good. Both Calvin Mickens and myself made the Super-Gold team," Franklin said. "I got first team all-district honors on defense and second team on defense. I had five interceptions and about 10 pass break ups. I led the district in interceptions. I don't know how many tackles I had or my offensive stats."

The future Husker duo combined for 8 interceptions with Calvin chipping in three. Their play led to Beaumont (Texas) Ozen to a 12-3 record. Mickens and Franklin starred on both sides of the football as well as in special teams and led their team into the playoffs.

With his commitment out of the way and football over Franklin is staying busy. "No sir, I don't play baskebtall. I am training for track right now. I run the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and I will run the 200 open this year too. My best time in the 200 is 21.5. I run the last leg in the 100, but I am not sure what my time is."

Along with the track training he isn't forgetting about getting himself ready for collegiate football. "Yes sir. I am lifting still getting ready for Nebraska."

Another item keeping Franklin busy is the SAT test. On his first attempt he scored a 720, but he just took it again. "I have a 2.5 GPA. I think that I did better this time on the test. The first time I didn't prepare for it."

On top of training and the test he is still being actively recruited by a few teams although he remains a solid commit to Nebraska. "Most schools backed off except for Texas Tech and Missouri. Both of those schools are still after me."

Coach Blake was the primary recruiter for Franklin and Mickens. Coach Blake has been key in nabbing some big commits for Nebraska this season already, but he is key in this situation in keeping Nebraska on the mind of Franklin.

"Coach Blake calls almost every week. He is still in touch with both Calvin and me. I will know about the test results in two weeks and I will be calling him as soon as I have them."


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