'He Welcomed Me To The Wolfpack'

While attending the Ultimate Overnight Top 12 Kicking Camp, a camp held in Los Angeles that features the top 12 kickers in the country, Nathan Franklin talked with Pack Pride about his commitment to NC State.

While attending the Ultimate Overnight Top 12 Kicking Camp, a camp held in Los Angeles that features the top 12 kickers in the country, Nathan Franklin talked with Pack Pride about his commitment to NC State.

"I'm at Chris Sailer's kicking camp in California right now," Franklin said. "It's suppose to be a great camp, and I just got done kicking a few minutes ago. I think I did well, and I'm going to try and do good all week."

After arriving in California, Franklin chose to end his recruiting process by committing to the NC State Wolfpack.

"I called coach Diaz at State today and told him that I was committed to NC State," he said. "Coach Diaz was excited about it, and he put me on the speakerphone so I could talk to coach Amato. They were all real happy. Coach Amato said that I made his day, and he thinks I made the right choice. He welcomed me to the Wolfpack.

"It feels real good, and I felt comfortable at State. That's the biggest reason I chose them."

Franklin received offers from NC State and UTEP while garnering heavy interest from Tennessee, Georgia, and Southern California.

He is generally considered the top kicker in North Carolina, and a likely choice to represent the state in the Shrine Bowl later this year. Kicking guru Chris Sailer considers Franklin the #4 kicker the #5 punter in the class of 2006.

"[Franklin has a] huge leg," Sailer noted. "[He has] endless skills. [He] is going to be a special PK/P combination."

Franklin is technically sound and very accurate. As a junior he connected on 7-of-10 field goals, averaging 33 yards-per-kick with a long of 47 yards. He also averaged 39 yards-per-punt and 90% of his kickoffs were touchbacks.

With his college decision behind him, Franklin will now concentrate on his upcoming senior season.

"I'm just going to work hard with my high school team and try to win a championship," he said. "We have a lot of good guys coming back. I think we are going to be strong."

Franklin will also follow NC State's 2005 season, as he believes the Wolfpack should also have a strong year. He has had a chance to play against a couple of incoming freshmen and feels NC State has quality talent across the roster.

"I know Geron James and Levin Neal because they went to high school in Wilmington," Franklin said. "I didn't get to play against Levin because he had a broken leg, but Geron played real well against us.

"I also got to watch Andre Brown play two years ago in the playoffs. I moved up and watched that game, and he was real impressive. They destroyed us because of him.

"I think State has a chance to be real good because they have a lot of good players already there. I think they can have a great year. I'll be watching them."

Franklin has already received a qualifying score on the SAT and plans on enrolling at NC State next summer.

He is the third known NC State commitment in the 2006 class, joining lineman Gavin Smith and kicker Josh Czajkowski.

Franklin and Czajkowski both earned scholarships from NC State after excelling at this summer's kicking camp, and they are expected to contribute to the Wolfpack early in their careers.


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