Family Ties Big Factor for Franks

National Signing Day is here and the crew at Sooners Illustrated has you covered. Throughout the day, we will bring you a variety of material about the upcoming Sooner class. Here is a brief interview with West Orange Stark wide receiver Trey Franks.

By the time West Orange (TX) Stark athlete Trey Franks gets to Oklahoma, many months will have passed since he hit the gridiron. 

During early part of the 2009 season, the West Orange-Cove Independent School District suspended for Franks for the rest of the semester for unclassified rules violations at a board meeting. The penalty was inappropriate use of technology.

But that is all behind him now.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Franks has moved on and is ready to take on the new challenges that lie before him. Great for him in that when he gets to Norman in June, there will be a few familiar faces.

Of course, that of teammate from Orange James Haynes, but also some people who are part of his biological family as well.

"I am ready to get to Oklahoma. Not only do I want to get on the field, but I have lots of family out there as well," Franks said. "In Tulsa and Oklahoma City, I have some people there."

For Franks, this is an opportunity for him to begin again. Throughout the entire season where he was not able to participate, the family and community support helped him make it through.

But now he steps into a new light. And, according to Franks, he and assistant coach Jay Norvell have built a relationship through these months. And apparently, there are a few expectations that the Sooner coaching staff has for Franks.

"I have heard that I can come in and compete. Right now, the coaches have me at slot receiver," Franks said. "But, then too, I may even go to defense. Coach talked to me about possibly playing cornerback as well. 

"And playing defense is OK. I just want to play."

Franks chose the Sooners over other options like Baylor, Texas A&M, Missouri and Ole Miss to name a few.

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