But Franklin, one of the hottest recruits in the state after his highlight dvd made the rounds last week, is hoping to change that this week. In a four-day span he picked up three offers, with the first coming from the Scarlet Knights.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Franklin, who is being recruited as a defensive end and tight end by schools, tried to make it to Rutgers' spring game, but his ride fell through.
"The coaches want me to come down and see the facilities and stuff, but my (high school) coach (Rande Roca) couldn't make it on Saturday,'' Franklin said. "I'm supposed to be going down this week sometime, but I'm not sure yet. I'll find out from coach Roca. I'm going to talk to him about it (Thursday). "I know they've got a pretty good football team, but I don't know much about them.''
Franklin was under-the-radar partly because he didn't play football as a sophomore, and his focus was on the basketball court.
Upon returning to the gridiron last season, Franklin lined up in the backfield, where he ran for 1,200 yards, but interest from schools was nil before his dvd began circulating last week.
Now, he holds offers from Rutgers, Michigan and Pittsburgh, and plenty of other schools are coming through Manchester Regional to learn more about him. Franklin said he spoke with Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt, who is recruiting him.
Franklin said his cousin attended Michigan, so he has some familiarity with the Wolverines, but he doesn't have a leader.
"I'm trying to do good school, do good in sports to hopefully make it to the league in football or basketball,'' Franklin said. "I'm hoping football right now.''
Franklin acknowledged he has some work to do in the classroom, but is eager to improve in that area.