Notre Dame’s interest in three-star defensive tackle Ja'mion Franklin intensified this spring and now the 6-foot-2, 310-pounder from Ridgely, Md., will visit South Bend on Friday.
Franklin and his head coach at North Caroline High will arrive on campus early Friday for an in-depth look at the Irish.
“My head coach told me we're going to get up there and have meetings all day to meet the coaches and the players, stuff like that,” Franklin said. “I'm going to watch a practice and watch the coaches the majority of the time.”
Franklin has already visited Boston College, Syracuse, Temple and Virginia and he hopes to see a few schools later this spring.
“As of right now I don't have any (other visits set) for sure,” he said. “I might have one or two more planned but I have to sit down and talk to my coach and parents and see what we can do.”
Franklin hopes to learn more about the Notre Dame program as well as the academic expectations of a student-athlete in South Bend.
He’s mostly interested in developing a better relationship with the Irish staff.
“I'm definitely looking forward to seeing the campus and getting a feel for the great tradition of Notre Dame,” he said. “I want to see how the coaches interact with the players and their coaching styles. I talked with coach (Mike) Elston the other night. We talked about how excited they are to get me up on campus. I'm really looking forward to getting up there and seeing it.”
Franklin, who holds about a dozen scholarship offers, hasn’t identified any favorites but he knows he has to begin that process in the near future.
“As of right now I'm just taking everything in,” he said. “Sooner or later I'm going to have to cut some down, but right now I'm just weighing all my options and just trying to find the best fit.”
A two-way standout at North Caroline, Franklin recorded 63 tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced five fumbles as a junior.
Franklin expects to compete at the Washington D.C. Nike Camp and Baltimore Under Armour camps later this spring.