Franklin says 'no' to other suitors

Zaire Franklin hosted Syracuse coaches last week for an in-home visit. He discusses how that went, his relationship with 2015 linebacker prospect Jake Cooper, and saying no to some big name programs who inquired about a possible flip.

Three star linebacker Zaire Franklin hosted his future coaches last week for an in-home visit. Scott Shafer and Tim Daoust visited the Syracuse commit to spend some time with Franklin and his family.

"It was coach Shafer and coach Daoust," Franklin said. "Coach Daoust is my primary recruiter. Coach Lea was here the week before. We sat down and they talked to my aunt. The coaches definitely wanted some cheesesteak since none of them are from around here.

"It was a good time. We were just talking about random stuff and watching the state championship game. We were watching my friend Jake (Cooper) who they recently offered at linebacker. He was playing in the game and talking about him a little bit. They were just talking about their experiences as coaches and plans for me at Syracuse."

While Franklin has been a solid Syracuse commit for some time, having the coaches in his home only helps reinforced his status.

"A little bit," Franklin said. "But I've been all ‘Cuse for a while now so it didn't really need to be solidified or anything. I was up there every chance I had during the season. Hanging out with Rodney (Williams) and Naes (Howard) and the gang.

"Honestly it goes to show that they still have the same interest in me that they did when they first started recruiting me. But at the same time, I've always been all ‘Cuse."

Late in his senior season, the Wyndmoor (Pa.) product says several schools came in trying to steal him away from the Orange. Franklin's response? Thanks but no thanks.

"UNC has come to my school," Franklin said. "They were in the area and tried to reach out to my coach to see how solid I was. Clemson reached out a couple of times. South Carolina reached out a couple times. Louisville reached out once.

"They all reach out to see how strong I was with my commitment. Penn State reached out a while ago. That was before Jason (Cabinda) committed that they offered me. I think they offered me before they offered him. I'll walk by my coach and he'll say something and I'm just like, ‘nah I'm good.'"

The aforementioned Jake Cooper is a very close friend of Franklin. He says being able to play together at the next level would be something special.

"I'm definitely trying to get him to come up there," Franklin said. "I've tried to talk to him before and over the summer. I remember one weekend I spent the night over at his house and we were talking about playing at the same place. I was telling him that he needs to come to ‘Cuse but he was like ‘I don't know.' They were supposed to offer him back then but they ended up waiting to see his junior year.

"He was playing d-end his sophomore year but they moved him to the MIKE this year. Then he got some interest from coach Shafer and coach Daoust. He went up for the Boston College game and they offered him. I was texting him on his way back home and he loves Syracuse. That's one of my good friends, one of my close friends. That's my man. So if he came and played with me it would be great."

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