Recruiting: Franklin still solid with Sooners

Oklahoma 2008 LB Daniel Franklin talks about his offseason and motivation after OU's Fiesta Bowl loss.

Daniel Franklin LB, 6-3, 215, MT. AIRY (HABERSHAM CENTRAL), GEORGIA.

JH: What sports are you into now that football is over?

DF: "Well, I go right into swimming. Then swimming ends this Friday and then I go right into baseball.

JH: How good of a swimmer are you?

DF: "I am not really a very talented swimmer. I move through the water in the 50 free at 27 or something like that. I really don't do it very fast, but I just do it to stay in shape. With baseball, I am pretty talented in that sport. I really don't want to stay that, but most people say I am more talented in baseball than I am at football."

JH: So when you race how do you usually finish in swimming?

DF: "I usually finish in second place in the events that I compete in. I don't do awful, but I am not that great. Sometimes I do win or at least finish place second, so I do something for my team at least."

JH: Did you qualify for the state meet in any event in swimming?

DF: "Our state meet is in one or two weeks. I don't know if I will be going or not, but I may be on the relays or something like that. I won't be doing any solo events because I wouldn't have a chance in those."

JH: What positions do you play in baseball?

DF: "In baseball, I play third base and I pitch."

JH: How well did you do in baseball last season?

DF: "Last year, as a sophomore, I hit .385 with five home runs and 31 RBI. I was the closer as well, but I am not sure what my stats are. I like playing third and hitting more than I like to pitch. I have even thought about trying out for the baseball team after our season is over. I am not sure if that is possible or not because I am not sure of the schedule for spring football and baseball. But I have thought about playing two sports."

JH: How big are you right now?

DF: "I weighed yesterday at 215. Swimming is keeping me trim. I am not gaining any weight right now. I am just staying right where I am. I am about 6-2 or 6-3"

JH: The fact you have already committed to Oklahoma has had a chance to sink in for the folks in your area, so what do they think about it at this point?

DF: "At first, most people were saying they wanted me to play for UGA or even Georgia Tech. Some even wanted me to play for Auburn, but now that it has settled in a little bit everybody is excited about me going to Oklahoma. They realize what a great program it is and all the great things they have going at Oklahoma."

JH: Were you able to keep track of OU this season?

DF: "I watched every game. I think there was one game that I missed. I was on it this year because I really didn't watch OU in the past."

JH: Did you watch the Fiesta Bowl game?

DF: "We didn't come out on top and that was disappointing. In the first half, we didn't play well. If we had played as well in the first half as well as we did in the second half, then we would have won that game. I know when I get to Oklahoma that I already know that any team we play is good enough to beat us, and we have to play our best game every week to win every game. We have to work to be as good as we can be and then go play that way. I guess after that loss we just need to work to get better, and I know that is what Oklahoma will do."

JH: When does spring football start for you?

DF: "We go through spring football, but it is not until the last four weeks of schools. It is three weeks long and it is a good time to get work in."

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