Florida Safety Heading to Rutgers Camp

Vero Beach (Fla.) High safety Larry Franklin holds seven offers, but he is working toward more. That is why he is heading to Rutgers in a few weeks to take part in a camp, and hopefully leave the Graden State with an offer. The 6-foot, 190-pound Franklin talks about the Scarlet Knights program, what he knows about coach Greg Schiano, and whether he is close to making a decision.

Vero Beach (Fla.) was long-known as a baseball area, serving as the spring training home to the Los Angeles Dodgers for six decades before the team moved to Arizona.

The area also produces football players, and one rising class of 2011 prospect is Vero Beach High safety Larry Franklin, who will be camping at Rutgers later this month.

"I'm going to go up there and work out, hopefully do my best and hopefully get that offer,'' the 6-foot, 190-pound Franklin said. "Coach Schiano wants to meet me in person, and they want to show me around the campus. All my options are open right now. I'm just looking for the right fit. That's why I'm taking a trip up there.''

Rutgers' recruitment of Franklin intensified in the spring when receivers coach P.J. Fleck stopped by the school during the evaluation period.

He made 87 tackles, was credited with nine pass breakups, forced a fumble and blocked a kick. But his knowledge of Rutgers is limited, other than as it relates to a former Big East conference foe.

"I know they used to play my team," Frankline said. "They used to play the (Miami) Hurricanes long ago. I know they had a couple of guys go in the first-round of the NFL (draft) this year, and they had a cornerback (Devin McCourty) who played there a couple of years and he was taken by the Patriots in the draft this year.

"Coach Schiano has a lot of experience under this belt. He's a well-experienced coach."

Franklin holds offers from seven schools -- Michigan State, Wisconsin, Purdue, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State – but more could be coming. He is camping at South Florida on June 26 and traveling to New Jersey the next day. He has already camped at Florida International.

"I'm very interested in South Florida,'' Franklin said. "It's a nice school, they've been putting out some pretty good defensive backs into the NFL, and I feel like they have a big future ahead of them. If I can be part of that and contribute to their program, that would be awesome.

"I met the new staff, and coach Kilpatrick is an awesome guy. I've known him since I was a sophomore. If I could be around a coach like him … I feel like the program is on the rise."

However, it could be a while before Franklin makes a decision. He has no favorites, nor does he have a time frame for making an announcement.

"I'm just looking around," Franklin said. "I want to go into my senior year, work hard and play hard and see what happens from there. I don't know right now."


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