Mt. Airy, Ga. junior linebacker Daniel Franklin (6-2, 215) talked with James Hale in between classes today about his commitment to Oklahoma. At the time of his commitment, Franklin said he had offers from Alabama and Georgia Tech.
Franklin finished this past season with 110 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two pass break-ups, five caused fumbles and three forced fumbles.
JH: Talk about your commitment to Oklahoma.
DF: I'm pretty excited about it. I went to Oklahoma for the Colorado game and as soon as I arrived in Norman I felt at home. Norman was so nice and the university was so nice that I just felt like that's where I belonged.
I liked coach Stoops and coach Venables. To be honest, I liked every coach I met and every player I met. For me, it is the ideal place to play. After that game, I came home and talked to my dad and even though I had basically told him I committed, we waited a little bit and decided to go ahead and come out with it now.
JH: Why do you think Oklahoma is the ideal place for you?
DF: One of the things was I didn't want to play in a big city. I am a rural and country type of player. I really like Norman and I really liked the campus at OU. It's big-time, but it does not have a city feel to it. I believe the coaches will develop me to be a champion there.
JH: Did Oklahoma's tradition and success at producing linebackers help influence your decision?
DF: That wasn't a big factor, but it is important to play for a program that produces great linebackers, that always have great linebacker play and that always has a star linebacker.
For coach Venables to offer me an opportunity to play linebacker at OU, it is a tremendous honor and one that I look forward to full-filling.
JH: What was it about Oklahoma that you liked better than your trip to Alabama?
DF: I just did not feel at home at Alabama and I liked OU a lot better.
JH: You're just a junior, so why did you decide to go ahead and commit so early?
DF: I just wanted to get going with my school and concentrate on playing with my school. I knew where I wanted to go and I was so solid in my decision, so I wanted to end the process.
JH: Will you play inside or outside linebacker at Oklahoma?
DF: I don't know. I play outside where I can use my speed and run (in high school). I think I would have to gain some weight to play inside. I only weigh 215 right now. That will be up to coach Venables. He'll play me where it is the best position for me.
JH: What do your friends and family think about your decision?
DF: They are all excited. They were SEC fans. My dad and brother were Crimson Tide fans, but now we watch OU every Saturday. We only missed the Texas Tech game. We're all Oklahoma fans now.
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