When looking at Aaron Franklin, 2010 LB out of Marshall, Tx the first thing you may notice is the speed he possesses. Franklin states he is currently 6-foot-2 at 205-pounds and runs a 4.48 forty. That's blazing speed considering Franklin tore his ACL and missed the entire 2008 season.
Franklin has been working hard this summer to get ready for the season and demonstrate that he has no ill effects from the knee injury. Franklin talked about what he has been working on this summer that will make him a better linebacker next season.
"It's been going great," Franklin began about the summer. "I've just been working out, getting myself together for the season. I've been working on staying low and keeping my pad level low. Knowing the plays and just trying to get in better shape."
"They both win," Franklin explained. "They have good programs and good coaches."
With linebackers in the past like Rocky Calmus, Teddy Lehman and most recently Travis Lewis, it's obvious assistant coach Brent Venables knows what he is doing. And it's obvious that Coach Venables has had his eye on Franklin for quite a while.
"We have built a really good relationship," Franklin stated. "I try to call him as much as I can like once a week or once every other week. We've had a good relationship for about a year, since we have been talking."
Oklahoma fans have been waiting a while to hear if Franklin would end up a Sooner and it sounds like the time to find out is approaching fast.
"I'm going to sit down with my mom and grandma and make a decision later on this week," Franklin said.
Oklahoma offered Franklin early on in the process when teams like Texas decided to wait which could have been due to the ACL injury. One has to wonder if it has a major play on Franklin's decision.
"A little but it wouldn't be a major reason in my decision," Franklin explained.