Trip Recap: Johnathan Franklin

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey running back Johnathan Franklin was hosted by a longtime high school rival on his visit, just one of the highlights of his official visit to UCLA this past weekend...

Though he was hosted by a high school rival, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey athlete Johnathan Franklin said his trip to UCLA was more than he expected.

"I really liked my trip up there," said Franklin. "We got to bond more with the players and got to hang out with them. I look at them differently after spending time with them. They are all such good guys. The funny thing was I was hosted by Raymond Carter, and we used to play against each other. But it was all cool because we come from the same area.

In fact, Franklin's pairing with Carter, and his Dons teammate Rahim Moore being hosted by another Crenshaw alum, Brian Price, was something the four had a good laugh about.

"Yeah, you don't see Crenshaw guys and Dorsey guys hang out that much, but we're all going to be playing together so that's cool," said Franklin.

Franklin has taken plenty of unofficial trips to UCLA, but the official visit gave him a chance to see some different aspects of the school.

"We got to learn more about the academic side of things this time," said Franklin. "The academic program won't set you up from failure and they talked about how when you graduate from UCLA, the alumni will always take care of you and help you out."

Like most of the commits in this class, Franklin has grown close to interim coach DeWayne Walker and receivers coach Eric Scott, both instrumental in his recruitment.

"If Coach Walker or EScott stay, UCLA will be where I go," said Franklin. "If they leave, I'll think of other places to be at. But UCLA is far and away my number one choice."

While a new coach could ultimately determine Franklin's position in college, he said the plan now is for him to come in as a running back.

"They seemed to look at me more so on the offensive side of the ball, as far as running back, but to me, I love football and I'll play wherever. If I'm winning a Pac-10 championship or a national championship, I don't have a problem playing anywhere," said Franklin.

Franklin said he will likely take a trip next month to Arizona State, the only other school he's seriously considering at this point.

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