Huskers offer Franklin

There is little doubt that every year it's important for the Nebraska staff to get a good number of recruits from the state of Texas. 2010 seems to be no exception as the Nebraska staff is after a lot of the top talent in the Lone Star State. One of the players Nebraska has sent a recent offer to is Aaron Franklin.

Nebraska is looking to land an athletic linebacker in the 2010 class and Aaron Franklin of Marshall (Texas) is a 6-foot-1.5 and nearly 220-pound athlete with 4.5 speed. He is also a standout in track and baseball.

"Things are going good," Franklin said. "We start spring ball on May 4. Until then I am playing baseball and running track. I run the 200, 4x100 and 4x200.

"My best 200 time this year was 22.1, but my best time ever was 21.7. I play centerfield in baseball. I don't think that I am getting any recruiting interest for baseball."

Even the best can improve and Franklin has been working this off-season. He had a few areas that he wanted to improve in his game to be better at for this fall.

"I wanted to work on reading my keys better. Staying low was big for me when I take on blocks. I also wanted to improve my footwork."

Franklin has what you want in a linebacker. He is physical, but most of all doesn't give up mobility for being a powerful linebacker. He can do it all.

"I think that I fill well and that I use my hands well. I usually shock the blocker. I usually make his head go back. I am good at getting off blocks and good at getting tackles."

While Franklin is asked to play both inside and outside linebacker in high school, the colleges are focusing on him to play outside. To him, that suits his strengths and abilities the best.

"I play both inside and outside. College coaches are talking to me about playing outside linebacker. I think that fits me better off the edge. I would rather be rushing the quarterback and stuffing the run."

There are currently ten offers on the table for Franklin including six of those coming from Big 12 schools, three in the state of Texas, as well as offers from the SEC and PAC 10.

"I have 10 offers right now. I have offers from Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU, SMU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Nebraska, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech."

Franklin hasn't started to trim his list or really hasn't given much thought to his favorites, but he does have four or five schools that as of right now he is thinking a little bit more about than the others.

"I would say that I thinking the most about would probably be Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and maybe Oklahoma State, but I just got in contact with them."

Franklin is getting out to see some schools. In fact, he was on the road yesterday to see a spring game and has been to see two other schools prior to that. He doesn't have anything else this summer beyond 7-on-7 with his team mates.

"I went to the Oklahoma spring game yesterday. I have been to TCU and also to Texas A&M. I don't have any other plans as of yet. I might this summer. I will have 7 on 7."

One offer that Franklin really hasn't started to consider yet is the Nebraska offer. The Huskers have a lot of ground to make up with Franklin as he doesn't know a lot about The Big Red and doesn't know if he would like to attend school that far away or not.

"I got the offer from Nebraska about two or three weeks ago. It's a very recent offer for me. Right now, I don't know too much about them.

"I would say that distance from home would probably have something to do with my decision. I wouldn't mind traveling that far though."


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