SM: Jerel, at the end of your high school career you decided to give the JUCO ranks a shot. What led you to that decision?
JF: I went to junior college so I could get some more looks from colleges. I really didn't have a whole lot of schools looking at me when I was in high school.
SM: When you were in high school, schools like Coastal Carolina, South Carolina, Charleston Southern, and South Carolina State were keeping tabs on you as a prospect. Are any of these schools still expressing interest in you?
JF: I haven't been hearing from those particular schools that much. But I've been hearing from East Carolina a lot. They came by my school and told me that they're looking for a big back. But they are not sure if they want to take a junior college back. But if they do, they told me that I am at the top of their list.
SM: Before you left for Louisburg Community College, you were weighing approximately 185-190 pounds. What are you weighing these days?
JF: Right now I am weighing around 210-215 pounds.
SM: In high school, you were a legitimate 4.4 guy in the forty-yard dash. What are you clocking now-a-days?
JF: I haven't been timed in the forty recently. But the last time I did it, I ran a 4.5.
SM: You were being recruited at two different positions during your senior year at McCormick; running back and cornerback. Which position(s) have you been playing at Louisburg?
JF: At Louisburg, I play running back. I also return kicks and punts.
SM: How would you compare the workout regimen at Louisburg to the workout plan you had at McCormick?
JF: The workout is so much more intense here at Louisburg. Everything is fast paced. It's like we are constantly moving the whole time we are in there.
SM: Did you get to partake in the Spring Game this year?
JF: Yes sir, I did. I only had two carries in the game, because we have so many running backs, and they wanted to give everybody some playing time. But on my first carry, I took it to the house for 55 yards.
SM: What can Hurricane Fans expect from Jerel Franklin as an athlete on the field this fall?
JF: They can expect Adrian Peterson (laughing). They can expect me to give 100% on every down.
SM: Is there anything you'd like to say to HS athletes who have a desire to play on the next level someday?
JF: It's not all about what you do in the front of people; it's about what you do whenever they don't see you. In other words, what do you do outside of a team practice or a game? You have to constantly work at it. It's a full-time job.