Recruiting: Sooners offer Tulsa Union star CB

Tulsa Union cornerback Dominique Franks talks about getting an offer from Oklahoma.

Dominique Franks, CB, 6-0, 190, 4.4, TULSA (UNION HS) OKLAHOMA:

Dominique Franks
is one of the top 10 players in the state and is the top skill position player in Oklahoma.

Going both ways as a tailback and cornerback at Tulsa Union, Franks is one of the key players in the Redskins drive for a state title. Franks started his freshman and sophomore year at Owasso as a running back, rushing for 1,000 yards both seasons. And during his sophomore season, Franks led the state in yard per carry at 12.4.

"Me and my mother sat down and discussed my progression from my freshman and sophomore season and we decided that I didn't have to work that hard to start at Owasso," said Franks. "To get to college we decided that I need to be pushed, and to do that we decided that I needed to either go to Jenks, Union or Broken Arrow. We chose Union because I had friends there. The experience has been better than I could ever dream for. It has helped me as an athlete, student and the exposure that we get here is tremendous."

In his first year at Union, Franks came up with two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns. This season, Franks has rushed for five touchdowns and he has eight interceptions, five of which he returned for touchdowns. He has also returned one punt (65) for a touchdown and one kickoff (93) for a touchdown.

"I really just see myself as an athlete and I don't put myself in any particular position," said Franks. "I will play wherever the coaches want me to play. Most college coaches talk to me about playing corner and that they just want me to come in and take over one side of the field to just shut that side down. So, I am looking forward to that."

Franks can bench 240 pounds, squats 350 and he has a 30-inch vertical jump. He also starts on the basketball team where he averages 12 points per game.

At this point, Franks has been offered by 45 schools with the latest coming from OU on Monday.

"Recruiting is going real well," said Franks. "I get calls from coaches all the time and I am getting one or two new offers it seems each week. My mom is the strongest figure in my life and she is always telling me to keep a level head and just to do the best I can do, and that things will work out in the end. I just let God work his way in my life and I try to just concentrate on my practice and not think about recruiting. It is hard sometimes when kids come up to me and ask me where I am going, but I just want to win that gold ball and win a state championship here at Union."

So what schools is he considering?

"To be honest, it is has changed since my father passed away October 14," said Franks. "Up until that point, I wanted to go far away from home. But when he passed I realized that I need to stay close to home and to be close to my mom and my family in case they need me. I need to be close to where my family and friends can come and see me play. It is going to be a tough decision for me, because it is a decision that is going to influence my life for the next four or five years of my life."

Franks just received an offer from Oklahoma on Monday, so what does he think about finally getting that offer from the Sooners?

"At first I was kind of wondering why Oklahoma had not offered me. I was the top in-state corner and I didn't know whey they didn't want me," said Franks. "When they called they told me that they were looking at some junior college corners or some other corners, but after they looked at my senior film they realized that I was better than all of them.

"I am very excited about the offer. My uncle went there (Charles Franks) and there is a lot of tradition there at OU. My mother and my uncle went there, but they are trying not to push me there because they want me to make my own decision.

"OU would be a real good place for me to go. My family has had a great experience at OU and my family could come and watch me play every week. I might end up at OU, but I could wind up someplace else. I just don't know yet and won't until I make my decision.

"I am also looking at Tennessee, Texas Tech and several other schools. I will look at it harder after the season, because I want to concentrate on my teams goals. I will make my decision when I just feel like it is right to make it and we will see how it goes."

> Dominique has qualified.


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