Franklin Has Two Favorites

Things started slowly in the recruitment of South Oak Cliff HS RB Paul Franklin, in part of Franklin being unable to attend Junior Day visits. Now, the 6'0, 200-lb running back is hearing from a list of schools. Where does Northwestern fit into the mix?

Thus far, Paul Franklin (6'0, 200-lb) does not have any offers, but he has a long list of interested schools. That list includes Northwestern, LSU, USC, Arizona, TCU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, Washington, and a list of others.

Out of that list, two schools stand out.

"LSU--It's in the SEC and it's physical," Franklin said. "Also Northwestern. I love the way they play and how they never give up and play hard. It's something I can relate to."

However, Franklin said those are not the only schools that he is still keeping his options open.

"At the moment, (Northwestern and LSU) are the main two that I like, but I'm open," Franklin said.

Currently, Franklin is in the beginning stages of evaluating each school, but he has been able to follow the Wildcats, who played in Dallas for the TicketCity Bowl. The running back is most impressed with Northwestern's style.

"I like the way that they fight hard and never quit, and they do the unthinkable," he said.

Franklin was not able to visit any schools for Junior Day because he participates on the South Oak Cliff High School track team. But he hopes to do some visits over the summer, and added that Northwestern and LSU are in his plans.

Last week, Franklin sent in his transcripts and information to Northwestern, LSU, and a few other schools. Franklin is not often in touch with the Northwestern coaches, but says he hopes to change that soon.

Though he is still at the beginning stages of his recruitment, Franklin already knows what's most important in finding the right school. He laid out his top factors.

"A great coaching staff, great group of players, a good learning environment, a team that I can relate to, and good discipline," Franklin said.

As a sophomore, Franklin rushed for 12 touchdowns while averaging 9.5 yards per carry. In his junior season, he averaged 8.1 yards per carry while leading his team to a 10-2 record. He reports a 4.4 40-yard dash, and carries a 3.5 grade point average.

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