"I've always been interested in helping people," Frankie Telfort said. "The medical field, I've always been interested. I've always liked science, science is my favorite subject, and medicine is intriguing to me.
"That was my first taste of it all."
It won't be his last.
Following his sophomore season, where Telfort was the do everything for the Coral Reef football team, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound four-star linebacker transferred to Gulliver Preparatory in Miami, Fla.
After a junior season where Telfort racked up 66 tackles, four fumbles caused and two recovered in six games (he was injured half the season), he pulled in over 30 scholarship offers from places like Florida all the way out to USC.
Last week, Telfort sat down with his defensive coordinator and narrowed down a list of favorites to six schools. He based his decision off of where he could be a pre-med major and eventually go to pharmacy school, and who could get him to the NFL. The lucky finalists are Notre Dame, USC, Stanford, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee.
"It's good man," Telfort stated. "Now I can concentrate. I know which coaches are going to be calling me, and I don't have random people calling. It's more organized now, and I can focus on a certain six schools.
"It was a lot of thinking, contemplating on what I want to do with my future."
Telfort wasn't talking much with college coaches over the last few months, so most of these programs were likely surprised to hear they're still in the race for the Sunshine State standout. Telfort plans on reaching Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee to talk more this week.
"Notre Dame, just because of their academics," Telfort said of why the Irish are a finalist. He also is an award winning high school poet. "It's a smaller school and I can get more in touch with my teachers. My teachers will know who I am, and I'll probably be able to get more connections within the school and outside the school.
"The more people I know, the better off I am."
Telfort will take an unofficial visit to the upcoming Florida-Miami game. He doesn't plan on taking any official visits until after his season. South Bend will likely be a destination. Telfort will be deciding in January on ESPN.
In trying to help Gulliver Prep win a state championship this fall, Telfort is playing both Mike and Will linebacker. He wasn't exactly sure of his number in his first game, but Telfort said he forced two fumbles and recovered one.