Big Frank is Camping at Notre Dame

Deep in the heart of Texas, Dallas to be precise, it's possible you'll run into a mammoth wildcat that is 6'5 and weighs about 312lbs. Don't try to run from him because he is as quick as he is big. This beast runs a 4.91 40. Do not be alarmed though, he does not eat regular humans. His diet consists of quarterbacks, running backs, offensive lineman and any other opposing football players that come near him. Franklin Okam is his name.

Franklin Okam plays for the Lake Highland HS Wildcats and he'll be visiting South Bend soon. "I'll be camping at Notre Dame this summer" said Okam. "I'm also going to camp at Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma this year too."

The impressive lists of camps is mirrored by the impressive lists of schools currently recruiting Okam. "I have offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Arkansas, LSU, Stanford, and Northwestern, but I'm hearing from Notre Dame and Iowa too" said Okam. "I don't really have a leader or a top 5 or anything like that even though I grew up an Arkansas fan. Right now I'm just really listening to what coaches have to say. I'll probably narrow things down some time after the summer." There will be scores of coaches and colleges hoping to make his cut after the summer. Okam finished his junior season with 114 tackles (49 solos, 65 assists) five sacks, two fumble recoveries, three caused fumbles, seven QB pressures, 15 tackles for loss and 10 deflected passes. He also bench presses 345lbs, squats 505lbs, and has a 29 inch vertical. Not only is he a dominant force athletically, he also dominates in the classroom. His school uses a 100 point grade scale, and Okam carries a 96.7 GPA. He has not taken the SAT yet, but is scheduled to take the test in June.

Being such a force on the field and in the class, Okam wants to go to a school that has a good combination of education and football prestige. "I want to go to a school where I feel most comfortable in the class and on the field. Distance will not play a factor in my decision. I'm going to take all five of my visits and I'll decide on the school I felt most comfortable."

Comments: Big Frank is exactly the type of defensive lineman that Tyrone Willingham likes to target. Two years ago, the Irish signed Derek Landri and last year Ty signed Trevor Laws. Big Frank is in the same mold as Landri and Laws. He is big, fast, and aggressive. At 312lbs, he still runs an impressive 4.9 40. The entire country is going to be recruiting this kid and it's a good sign that he'll be camping at Notre Dame this summer. Traditionally, Notre Dame has always been able to sign quality players from the state of Texas. However, you can believe that Mack Brown will try his best to keep Big Frank in state. Hopefully he'll follow in the footsteps of another Texan DT Big Ced (Cedric Hilliard, current starting DT). We'll know more about Big Frank after his summer camps. He was a really nice kid to talk to, and encouraged me to keep in contact with him, especially after the summer camps. I'll do just that!


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