Franklin County Pair Drawing Interest

Franklin County High School in Kentucky is poised for a big season thanks to return of several stars, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Two such players are getting attention from schools across the Southeast.

Playing in the Tony Franklin designed spread offense, Franklin County's offense is going to leave a lot of defenses feeling pretty low this year. Already the Flyers have posted a 72-27 win in the young 2008 season. Two big reasons for this is the play of offensive tackle Oakley Watkins and wide receiver/defensive back DeRon Hicks.

Watkins is a 6'4" 270lb anchor for the offensive line. According to his coach Dennis Ledford, the all-district player is a good athlete who also excels on the school's basketball team. He is an aggressive, high-motor player with good hips and is a quality open-field blocker. His high intelligence allows him to easily identify defensive alignments. In addition, Watkins sports a 3.9 GPA and is president of his class. Watkins is being looked at by South Alabama, Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, LSU, Purdue and several Ivy League schools.

The 5'11" 185lb Hicks uses his 4.55 speed to hurt opponents on both sides of the ball. Last season he had over 1500 yards receiving and averaged over 40 yards per carry on reverses. The past two seasons Hicks has totaled 16 interceptions for the Flyers. He had four touchdowns receiving in the season-opening win. He also competes on the school basketball team and was all-district last season. Many of the same schools considering Watkins are also interested in Hicks, with Troy and Gardner-Webb also involved.

This season Franklin County hopes to get past the second round of the playoffs, where they have stalled out the last two years. With contributions from Watkins and Hicks, that goal and more seems well within reach.

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