Skeptics mighty think Jarrod Franklin is putting the cart before the horse in his recruiting process. That didn’t stop the University High defensive back from committing to Tulane before making an official visit to the school.
The 6-foot, 197-pound Franklin has committed to the Green Wave and will make his official visit to the New Orleans school this weekend.
“I been to the campus a couple of times with my parents,” Franklin said. “I’m excited about the program and where it’s heading. They’re going to have a new stadium and will be playing in a new conference. There are a lot of things to look forward to.”
Franklin picked Tulane out of a group of finalists that also included Louisiana Tech and the University of Houston. He said he also received scholarship offers from Memphis, South Alabama and Southern University.
Projected as a safety, Franklin was not initially high on Tulane’s radar. Franklin said TU assistant David Johnson contacted him after watching film of University’s loss to Evangel in the Class 2A semifinals. David Johnson also watched Franklin play in person at the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl last month.
As a senior, Franklin helped lead the Cubs to their best season in nearly two decades. He compiled 113 tackles with three interceptions and nine pass breakups. Franklin said he has already met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.”
Those accomplishments help Franklin earn a spot on the Louisiana School Writers Association’s Class 2A All-State team and The Advocate’s All-Metro team from Class 3A and below.
Though David Johnson handled most of his recruitment, Franklin said a conversation with Green Wave head coach Curtis Johnson also was crucial.
“I had a lot of questions for him (Curtis Johnson),” Franklin said. “And he answered all of them about the school, the program and academics. That’s another big plus. He told me if I work hard I’ve got a chance to play right away.”
Williams decision pending
University coach Chad Mahaffey nixed stories suggesting Cubs defensive lineman Tim Williams is preparing to announce his commitment.
Miami and Florida State are reportedly among the finalists for Williams (6-3, 230), who is considered to be one of the state’s top prospects. Williams played in last weekend’s Under Armour All-America game in Florida.
“I’m not sure when he (Williams) is going to make his final decision,” Mahaffey said. “He’s got some things to consider. It could happen in a few days or a couple of weeks.”