Feeling Each Other Out

Frankie Telfort says he is a natural WILL linebacker, and judging by his numbers, he plays like one on Friday nights. But of his 24 scholarship offers, a lot of the schools recruiting the 5-foot-11, 202-pound Gulliver Preparatory standout, envision Telfort at safety.

Including for the time being, Notre Dame.

"I'm pretty sure it will be strong safety but it also depends on what my frame is like when I get there," Frankie Telfort explained. "My first year, if I gain 20 or 30 pounds, they'll probably put me at WILL linebacker. If I come in with the same frame probably, they'll stick me at safety."

Both is cool for Telfort, who said that Notre Dame is one of the programs recruiting him the hardest right now, but that he has no favorites. He keeps in touch with Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee on a regular basis, and caught up with head coach Charlie Weis for a few minutes after getting offered a little over a month ago.

"I called (Parmalee) like three times that week after they offered me," Telfort said. "He just wanted to get me on the phone with coach Weis. I talked to coach Weis for a little bit, and he was excited about my tape, and he said I'm the type of player he wants, and he wants to get me up there for a visit.

"He said that they're really interested in me, and they're really trying to turn the program around and get back to the old Notre Dame they used to be."

Telfort now keeps in touch with Parmalee once or twice a week through phone calls and emails.

"We don't talk that much about football," Telfort said. He has a 3.3 GPA. "It's more about him trying to get to know me and learn about my character, what I'm good at and stuff, and what I want to do in college.

"I want to go the pre-med track and probably go to pharmacy school."

That's if the NFL dream doesn't work out.

After a breakout sophomore season at Coral Reef High, where Telfort had over 130 tackles, three interceptions and a punt return for a touchdown, he transferred to Gulliver Prep.

Unfortunately, Telfort tore a ligament in his thumb during the summer, costing him the first five games of the season. He returned with a big cast on his hand to register 66 tackles, force four fumbles and recover two over the team's final six games.

Like Telfort transferred the year before, he said the defense has added a few more players for next fall, and that he may be playing safety before he suits up in a college uniform. He has never played in the secondary before.

"I'm probably going to learn it this year because we brought in a couple new players, so they're probably going to need me at strong safety more than anything.

"It will kind of get me a head start. I learn very quick. It shouldn't be too hard for me."

Telfort runs the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds. He can bench press 285 pounds, and has an eye-popping squat of 520 pounds. He just qualified for regionals in the triple jump (40-feet, 11 inches) and long jump (20-feet, five inches).

The only visit Telfort has scheduled for the near future is a trip LSU. He holds offers from the likes of USC, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

When will Telfort be able to take Weis up on that visit request?

"They will probably be an official," he stated.


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