Carter & Franklin Talk ASU Visit

Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter and Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey running back Johnathan Franklin took official visits to Arizona State this past weekend, and the soft commits to UCLA update their status following the trip...

Johnathan Franklin visited the Sun Devils this weekend, and it was a trip that he enjoyed. He left Tempe without changing the order of his suitors, but now there's one more Pac-10 school in the fold for the Dorsey High School athlete, who he will visit this week.

"My visit went well and I really like the school," said the 5-11, 195-pound Franklin. "The coaches and players were cool…I wasn't impressed with one specific thing, but I was impressed by everything I saw. Everything overall about Arizona State has impressed me. From the time I got there I was impressed."

"The program wasn't doing well a few years ago, but they're rebuilding it. They're really going somewhere with this program and that has caught my eye. It was a good trip and I'm happy I came."

Franklin commented that he was hosted by Morris Wooten and Jamarr Robinson.

In his senior year for the Dons, Franklin collected 1,732 yards on the ground, averaging just over eight yards a carry and tallied 12 touchdowns. On defense he registered 6.5 sacks and one fumble recovery as a safety. When asked if he got a sense if ASU is pursuing him as a running back or a safety, he replied: "They want me to play running back and I like that," he stated. "I can see that there's no favoritism over there and everybody got carries. So I think I have a chance to compete, and Coach Christian told me that if I have a chance to contribute I will play."

It was believed that the race for Franklin's services was between the school he committed to, UCLA, as well as ASU and Cal who he visited last weekend. However, a new team in is the mix now.

"I'm gonna visit Washington State this coming weekend," he remarked. "I'm not gonna make any decision before that trip, and I'll sit down with my parents and make a decision after that trip. I'm still committed to UCLA, and I'd like to think that they're my number one choice. But I like Cal and ASU and they're still in mix. I might consider Washington State depending on the visit."

With a 3.1 GPA and 1170 SAT score Franklin is academically eligible.

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Prior to his ASU visit, Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham linebacker Donovan Carter was an UCLA soft commit.

That status didn't change after his visit to Tempe, but he hasn't eliminated ASU from consideration. Devils Digest caught up with Carter after the trip to get the latest on his recruitment.

"The visit went real good," said the 6-2 230 Donovan Carter. "The coaches were real cool, the facilities were nice…I just had a good trip. I was hosted by T.J. Simpson and he was cool to hang out with."

"The academics really impressed me. They have real passion for their work. I know that if I did go here I won't struggle and I would get help if I needed it."

One thing does attract Carter to the maroon and gold is the prospect pf playing early.

"The coaches said that they're not afraid to play young players if they can help them," he commented. "They're always gonna keep a competitive level there. I really like the style of defense they play."

This week the head coaches of both the schools that Carter is considering will come for in-home visits, and the linebacker is likely to make his decision final by the weekend.

"I'm still committed to UCLA, but ASU is right there," he explained. "I'm still leaning towards UCLA."


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