Though his season had a bittersweet ending with a loss in the Regional Finals, Aaron Franklin still had a big time year.
After missing all of 2008 with a knee injury Franklin was able to finish his high school career with a bang by racking up 103 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
At 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds Franklin isn't the biggest linebacker on the field which is a lot like his host on the trip who has bounced around from safety to a hybrid linebacker position.
"Joseph Ibiloye," Franklin who came down with his grandma said when asked who his host was. "We got along good. It was cool."
Franklin wasn't the only visitor in Norman this past weekend. And while on the visit he got a chance to hang out with a few of them.
"We went to his (Ibiloye) house and hung out and we went around town. He just showed us some things around campus corner. We hung out with a couple of the other recruits, John Cullen, Damon Williams, and Eric Humphrey. We all just hung out and had fun."
Not only did he hang out with recruits but also members of the Sooners squad while out for a night on the town.
One of the biggest factors that played into Franklin becoming a Sooner was his relationship with the Sooners Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers coach – Brent Venables.
They were able to sit down and talk and discussed getting Franklin the playbook after National Signing day to get him ready for next year.
"He said he is going to start getting me information on formations and stuff after signing day. So later on I'll start getting parts of the playbook."
The Sooners have already began preparing for the Doak Walker Award winner in Toby Gerhardt and the Stanford Cardinals. Franklin got the chance to catch a practice and see what he has to look forward to.
"They were getting after it pretty good," Franklin said. "Especially since they were only in shorts and shoulder pads and they were practicing like they were in full pads."
It was a cold weekend up in Norman so Franklin wasn't able to experience everything about the campus on his visit. However he was able to check out Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Schmidt's high tech equipment.
"I saw the academic advisors," Franklin began. "And then it was so cold that we just drove around campus we didn't really get out. We saw the ‘Campus Corner' and then went and saw the Lloyd Noble Center"
"We went and saw the strength and conditioning program with Coach Schmitty. We got to test out some stuff like the bungee chords and the air compressors. It was pretty nice looking at the air pressure and what percentage you are doing and it tells you the amount of force you are putting into it."
Before heading home early Sunday afternoon Franklin was able to sit down with the head man – Head Coach Bob Stoops.
"I talked to him before I left," Franklin said. "He said he was glad that I came down to visit. He hoped I had a good time. He said that they are just working hard for the bowl game. He also said he would be at my school on Tuesday Morning."
Franklin states he is already qualified and just needs to send his ACT scores into the NCAA Clearing House.
"I'm already qualified," Franklin began. "I just got to send my ACT scores into the clearing house. I'm already registered with the clearing house I just got to send them in. At the end of the year I got to send in my transcript. So I am all set grade wise."
At this point in time Franklin still doesn't know exactly what he wants to major in but he does have an idea of what it could be.
"I'm thinking of majoring in Sports Marketing or Sports Management. Something like that."
Overall this visit did nothing but insure Franklin even more of his commitment to the Sooners.
"It just made it even more insured. I enjoyed the visit and I had a great time."