Oklahoma lands Golden Triangle talent

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is hot right now and as promised we continue to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Here is the follow up to the earlier commitment from Trey Franks and James Haynes.

It's fair to say that Wednesday, July 22, was a good day for the Oklahoma football team. As if pulling in some junior college talent from tight end Lane Johnson from Kilgore wasn't enough, but also a pair of athletes from the Southeast Texas in the city of Orange.

Both Trey Franks and James Haynes of West Orange-Stark both decided on the same day that being Sooners is what they wanted to be.

"I called coach (Jay) Norvell today and told him I wanted to be a Sooner. I just committed right there," Franks said earlier of his verbal. "They (Sooner coaches) have been trying to get me down there for a while, but it felt right so I committed."

The last time the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Franks got to see Norman was his sophomore year for a football camp, but he has not seen the campus lately. That will change soon.

Once he fulfills his summer track obligations an Oklahoma trip will be fitting. Franks has qualified for two events (100m-10.45, 200m-21.70) in the Junior Olympics, which will take place in North Carolina.

He chose the Sooner program over Baylor, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Kansas, and Mississippi State. Up until the early afternoon call, it was made known that Franks and Haynes would be a likely package deal and that the decision was down to the Aggies or Sooners.

"They (Oklahoma) have such great coaches and they have been recruiting me really hard and I felt really wanted me there," Franks said. "One of the other things that stood out for me was the winning tradition at Oklahoma. At (Texas) A&M, that hasn't been going so well. A&M is a good program, but Oklahoma is just a better fit for me."

Franks said that the early word is that he will be used on offense as a wide receiver, but nothing has been solidified. For his Mustang team he excelled on both sides of the ball. He caught 34 passes for 605 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, he logged 35 tackles and two interceptions. He also returned two punts for touchdowns. 

"We haven't really discussed all of the plans that they have for me, but I'm ready to play," Franks said. "There has not been talk about a red shirt, but I really wound not actually mind red-shirting and coming back after a year of working and learning."

The call was made by Franks around 12:30 p.m. CST and Haynes was shortly after that. Now with that out of the way, the two can focus on the continued success that they have had together at West Orange Stark. 

"He (Haynes) and I have played together since the ninth grade and it will feel good going to college with a face you know. We will probably be roommates," Franks said.

Haynes, who stands 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, had 40 unassisted tackles three interceptions on defense. Offensively, he caught 14 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He had offers from across the country as well.


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