Troy Franklin: 2008 DT has favorites

Celina defensive tackle Troy Franklin has the motor to become one of the most sought after defensive line prospects in the state of Texas for the class of 2008. His strength, quickness, and attitude have several schools excited about his potential.

"I'm hearing from SMU, UNT, UT, Houston, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma University and Ohio State," Troy Franklin said.

Franklin didn't single out an overall leader, but did mention three Big 12 schools that are on the top of his list.

"My top three would definitely be Oklahoma University, Oklahoma State, and UT," Franklin said. "All three schools have really great facilities and football programs. I love the atmosphere and all the attention that they get."

The 6-foot-5, 253 pound Franklin runs the 40-yard dash in 5.01 seconds and bench presses a maximum of 335 pounds. He recorded 10 sacks and 76 solo tackles as a sophomore. Franklin also showed off his good hands with an interception last year. For his performance, he was awarded first team all-district.

Franklin has a couple of unofficial visits planned over the next couple of months.

"I think Ohio State is getting me tickets to watch the Texas game. Also, the TCU coaches said I could stop by and see a game some time," Franklin said. "Coach Fitzpatrick at Houston said I could come down and they would show me around the campus."

Franklin attended a number of camps over the summer at several schools including TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Houston. He also went to the Nike Spark Combine.

The biggest obstacle in Franklin's way is his lack of size. His weight is well bellow average for a D-1 defensive tackle, but he believes that his quickness and strength make up for his lack of girth.

"I'm usually the quickest off the ball, and I have a lot of strength for my size," Franklin said. "I try to give 110% on every play."

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