A strong running game is a key to the success of any offense. College coaches search the nation looking for RBs who possess the vision and speed to exploit weaknesses in defenses. In Georgia, there are not many RBs who have demonstrated these abilities better than Franklin Green. As a junior, he ran for 1,822 yards and 19 touchdowns on 172 carries while on defense he accounted for 30 tackles along with 5 sacks from his rover position, in part-time duty. These numbers were all in route to being named player of the year in his conference.
In a talent rich state likes Georgia, Green's abilities were quickly notice and awarded with more than 10 scholarship offers. Some of the schools who have extended a scholarship offer has been Florida, South Carolina, Indiana, Rutgers, South Florida, Purdue, Central Florida, Florida State, and Georgia Southern.
Green has already started to trim down his list to a top 4. He provided comments on each of these schools below:
- Florida - "I have developed a good relationship with their RB Coach.
Their offensive scheme seems to fit what I can do. Obviously, they are the
national champions. I have not been on campus yet but this summer I will be
going to their camp".
- South Carolina - "They are talking about me having a chance to play
early. Plus, they are close to home. They are very similar to Florida for
- Georgia - "I like their coaching staff especially the RB coach. They
are also close to home with a tradition of RBs. However, they have a lot of
RBs who go in and out of the game which I find to be a positive."
- Rutgers - "I like the coaching staff especially Coach Schiano. They were my first scholarship offer. They offer me after my junior season was over. They love to run the ball and I will have a good chance to play early".
In order to develop a better feeling for each school, he will be attending camps at Rutgers, Florida, and South Carolina. He is still deciding on whether or not he will attend camp at Georgia.
Similarly to many standout athletes, Green participates in multiple sports. On the basketball court, he is able to more than hold his own at the small forward and power forward position where he averages 10 ppg and 8.5 rebounds rebounds despite only being 5-11. On the track, he run the 100-meters (best time of 10.59) and 200-meters (best time of 21.8).
Academics and comfort with the coaching staff will be important determinants for Green to make a decision. He would like to major in business management. Therefore, he is looking for a school with a strong business school. A great relationship with the coaches and players are another important criteria.
Regarding a final decision, Green does not have a timetable. He stated, "I can make a decision today or on signing day. I'm not sure of when I will decide".
Until time, Green will work hard to reach his goals of rushing for more than 2000 yards and score 25 or more TDs.
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