Downey (Calif.) junior linebacker Darrian Franklin wanted to hit the Midwest this summer.
Franklin is only one of a dozen recruits on the West Coast with
scholarship offers from schools in multiple conferences.
Franklin took an unofficial visit to Michigan after his freshman year.
It’s a trip he represents proudly on his Twitter page. But plans to
visit again this summer fell through.
“Yeah, we just didn’t have the time, so I ended up not going,” said
Franklin. “Me and my dad were going to visit Michigan, Michigan State
and maybe Ohio State just get a feel of the East Coast.
“I wanted to see what that’s like — the whole atmosphere and get off
the West Coast.
“My dad, he’s from the Midwest and he wants me to go see that part of
life and the difference between California and the East Coast. He just
wants me to see how much football means to them as opposed to out here.”
Franklin was in attendance for the USC Rising Stars Camp in June,
although he only observed the first half of the camp.
“I got to see the start of the USC camp, but that’s it because I’ve
been busy moving,” said Franklin. “I haven’t gone to any camps, really.”
No camps, but his contact with the local schools remains constant.
“USC is real interested in me” said Franklin. “They’re showing the most
interest. — UCLA too. Those are the local schools that are really on me
tough. Washington, they’re showing a lot of love as well.”
Franklin attended several USC spring practices in April and was offered
a scholarship in person by the Trojans coaching staff after the team’s
“I like the way they’re recruiting me and how they are trying to build
up their team and they’re recruiting young guys like me,” said
Franklin. “I see the class they’re building for the future trying to
bring us all in together to turn that school out.”
The Bruins, however, were not to be outdone. UCLA also received
unofficial visits from Franklin which raised his interest in the
“Yeah I’ve been down there and it’s real nice,” said Franklin. “I like
what Coach (Jim) Mora is trying to do and the practices — the way they
turn the practice up — it’s high tempo and the music and everything. I
At this point, Franklin says he wants to see the recruiting process
through to the very end.
“Yes sir, I want to take all of my visits,” said Franklin.
Although Franklin is enjoying the recruiting process, it’s far from a
priority. Blessed with scholarship offers from schools like Miami, USC,
UCLA, Arizona State and others already, he still has plenty to prove
his junior year.
“I want to work on my linebacker technique — my keys,” said Franklin.
“At receiver, I’m going to hold off on that and just focus on
linebacker and being the best linebacker I can possibly be. I know for
college I’m going to be a linebacker, so I want to prepare for the next
Franklin stays local this summer
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