Pack Offers Franklin

Wilmington (NC) Hoggard kicker Nathan Franklin picked up his first scholarship offer this week, and it came from one of the programs at the top of his list.

"NC State offered me a few days ago," Nathan Franklin told Pack Pride. "I think I'd really like to go there. They are my top choice right now along with Tennessee. Those are probably my top two schools."

Franklin attended NC State's camp a few weeks back and had a chance to meet the Wolfpack coaches, who informed him that landing a kicker is a priority for them.

"I went to camp at State," Franklin said. "I met all the coaches, and they are real nice. They were like the nicest coaches I've talked to.

"They said they really need a kicker to go there. I think that if I went there I'd have a chance to play early, and I like that."

Although smallish at 5-10, 160-pounds, Franklin is the top kicker in the state of North Carolina. Last year he connected on 7-of-10 field goals with a long of 47 yards. At last month's Shrine Bowl combine, he was easily the most consistent kicker- nailing all eight of his kicks, including one from 55 yards. He's also an accomplished punter and feels that he could do both on the next level.

"Some schools are recruiting me to kick and some want me to punt," Franklin said. "I'd rather kick, but I think if I went to State I'd do both after John Deraney graduates."

Franklin also believes that his parents may prefer he attend NC State.

"They would really like to see me go there and be close to home," he said. "I think that's pretty much where they want me to go."

However, it might not be easy for the Wolfpack to secure a verbal. Franklin's narrowed his list to four and has another camp lined up for later this summer.

"I'm mainly looking at State, Tennessee, Southern Cal, and Georgia," he said. "That's pretty much it. I've got the Georgia camp coming up in July and that is the last one for me. I got invited to Southern Cal's camp by their coaches, but I'm not going to be able to make it out there."

The Wilmington (NC) Hoggard star even hinted that a decision could be coming in the near future.

"Within the next month I'd like to decide," Franklin said. "Maybe in the next few weeks."

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