Franco is Holding Out For More

Robert Franco, the 6-0, 225-pound linebacker prospect from San Pedro (Calif.) High, put in good performances this spring, and is how waiting for them to pay off with the scholarship offers he wants...

Robbie Franco, the 6-foot, 225-pound, three-star weakside linebacker from San Pedro, Calif., says that the recruiting process has slowed a bit. "It's been a little quiet," Franco said, whose only offer remains from Washington State. "I've been getting a little mail, but I think most of the coaches are on vacation now. I'm sure it'll pick up again."

Franco had a busy June and attended camps at UCLA, California and Arizona. He says that the Bruins and Bears still lead solidly over Washington State, Washington and Oregon State.

"If UCLA or Cal offered me, I'd commit to either one," he said. "Those are my top two schools and I'd love to go to either of them.

"But I've been a UCLA fan a bit longer and it's closer to home," he admitted. "So if I had offers from both of them I think UCLA might have a slight edge."

Franco, ranked as the No. 27 weakside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, grew up following the Bruins and says he really enjoyed his time at the camp. "I think I did real good," he said. "It was a lot of fun and I felt like I learned a lot.

"I really like the linebacker coach (Chuck Bullough)," Franco said. "We did a lot of individual stuff and I like how he really stresses good footwork and technique. He's a good coach."

So does Franco feel like the Bruins are close to offering? "They have talked with me about that," he said. "They just told me to 'hold on'. They already have like two linebackers committed and are taking four total. They said that I'm high on their board, but that they want to see how I perform during my first few games and that they won't make a decision until then."

Franco admits that Cal has also told him they are going to wait until the season. "They said they need to see me play during my senior year," he said. "(Running back) coach Ron Gould is recruiting me and he said they'll let me know after a few games.

"He told me that he was really impressed with me at the camp and that I could probably play any linebacker spot for them," Franco said. "The camp was really cool and it was a three-day full contact camp, so that was fun. I really like the competition there and I've been to Cal a few times already so I'm pretty familiar with everything.

"I really like the game day atmosphere at Berkeley and the fans are great," he said. "Even though the Bay Area is very different from Los Angeles, I still really like it. I could see myself living there."

Another "in" for the Bears is that Franco is good friends with former Cal tight end Craig Stevens who was just drafted in the third round by the Tennessee Titans. He's also good friends with Stevens' younger brother, Eric Stevens, who is a walk-on linebacker at Cal.

Surprisingly, the school that Franco feels is closest to offering next is actually Washington. "They've been recruiting me the longest," he said. "They've been sending me letters and stuff since my sophomore year. They seem to really like me. I've gotten to know them pretty well and I think they'll offer me during the season too."

Even though Washington State has already offered Franco, he admits that he's still learning about the program. "I don't really know that much about them yet," he said. "I definitely plan to take a visit there and see what it's like."

Oregon State is another school that is showing interest that Franco says he's hoping to learn more about. "The recruiting coordinator came to my high school during the spring and that was pretty cool," he said. "I've heard great things about the coaches and the program there."

Franco reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1500 SAT (three-part).



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