Franklin, currently 6-1, and 205 pounds, was named the 12-4A Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2007 after a season of flying to the football and highlight reel strikes. In the spring he was burning up the track at 205 pounds running 22.0 in the 200-meters before rupturing his ACL and MCL in the closing days of spring football practice.
The East Texas rising senior to be missed the entire 2008 season leaving him a question mark with college coaches. As well as missing his junior season, he also missed the opportunity to attend various college camps last summer.
Franklin returned to the field and the track in the spring and could be seen making big hits and chasing the ball from sideline to sideline on a daily basis despite not looking 100% still.
As the latest Marshall product showed he was back in the flow, the offers began pouring in for the AP honors student. By mid-May, Franklin had offers in hand from Oklahoma, Baylor, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas State, TCU, Tennessee, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska among others with heavy interest from LSU.
While the offers were certainly impressive, Franklin didn't receive an offer from his childhood favorite, the Texas Longhorns. While Longhorn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp stopped by to take a look in May, Franklin didn't have any plans to attend the Texas camp until late last week.
"I came down for the track meet, but Coach Muschamp talked to my coach and asked if I'd come to the camp since I was down there. I didn't think I was coming to get offered, but I guess it might have turned out that way. There is nothing official yet," said Franklin.
"I went real good. We did drills like speed drills, change of direction, so they could see how your hips are and things like that. I spent a lot of time with Coach Muschamp. He is a good coach and knows what he is talking about," the Marshall linebacker commented.
Franklin is going to talk with the Texas coaches later in the week to determine if he is going to receive the Texas scholarship offer.
At this point, Franklin does not have any future summer camp plans after a dizzying spring of junior days, spring ball, and track season. Franklin runs the 200m, and is part of the 400m and 800m relay teams at Marshall. Franklin ran a very impressive 21.78 in the 200 meters this season and has shown that his speed has returned after the knee surgery.
If Texas does offer this week, Texas will join Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas A&M, and TCU as his favorites. He has unofficially visited each of those schools and plans to make a commitment at the end of summer or just before his senior season.