UCLA Offer Thrills Franklin

The Downey (Calif.) 2016 four-star linebacker, Darrian Franklin, was excited for UCLA offer...

Downey (Calif.) linebacker Darrian Franklin (6-2, 212) is one of the top 2016 linebackers in the West, at a position that figures to be as strong as it's ever been in the region.

The versatile Franklin, who can play both inside and outside, has five offers already, including both Los Angeles schools.

"I have five altogether, from UCLA, USC, Miami, Arizona State and Utah," said Franklin. "Miami was my first offer and it meant a lot. It made me feel important, like ‘wow, I'm actually doing something good.' It was random when they offered and I didn't expect it. I thought maybe one would come my sophomore year but the rest in my junior year."

UCLA got involved last week with Franklin, offering the four-star the same day that Arizona State did and Utah would also jump in the fray.

"Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich offered me and that was really cool to get that offer," said Franklin. "My family was excited since I had both UCLA and USC offers. I had gone to their spring practices and checked out the locker room and toured the school a little. I went to their Spring Game too and had a good time."

Franklin said he watches Myles Jack, the UCLA linebacker, and liked his versatility.

"I play a little bit of both inside and outside, but mostly outside and schools are recruiting me for outside, but they like my versatility," said Franklin.

Across town, USC offered Franklin earlier in the spring, and another linebacker Franklin watches, Jabari Ruffin, plays for USC after prepping at Downey.

"I know Jabari and he's trying to make me lean towards USC," said Franklin. "USC offered me at one of their practices. Coach Sark (Steve) Sarkisian offered me and it meant a lot. I liked the flow of their practices. I grew up a fan of USC and went to quite a few of their games."

Now that he's a recruit, Franklin said he's being open minded about the recruiting process.

"It's important for me to be open minded," said Franklin. "I need to find the school that is best for me, that I can play as soon as possible and get a good education. I'm open to everyone and enjoying everything about the recruiting process."

Franklin is also hearing from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, BYU and Penn State.

"I'm hoping to camp at Michigan, Washington and Oregon this summer," said Franklin.

With a little less than two years until he'll sign a letter of intent with anyone, Franklin said there is no reason to rush his recruitment.

"I'll go through the process and take my visits," said Franklin.

Academically, Franklin has a 3.0 and will take the SAT and ACT in his junior year.

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