October 6, 2010

Spartan staff high on Florida DB

This past weekend one f the most underrated recruits in the entire nation was on campus checking out Michigan State University. That player is defensive back Larry Franklin of Vero Beach High School in Florida. The 6-foot-0, 185-pound prospect has a host of impressive offers including ones from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, UConn, Rutgers and Purdue.

Franklin is currently an un-ranked recruit with zero stars, but that fact will certainly change now that word is getting out about his ability. SpartanMag.com caught up with Franklin and has some details.

"I have 15 scholarship offers all together," he said. "Michigan State offered me during the spring shortly after my junior year. The trip this past weekend was awesome. I loved it there. The best part was getting to watch the game. I give the trip a 10 (scale of 1-10). It was great. It was everything I expected and more."

Franklin made the trip to Michigan State along with fellow Vero Beach High School standout Marcus Jackson. We asked Franklin about meeting the Michigan State coaches and players while in East Lansing.

"I speak with Coach Narduzzi pretty often," Franklin stated. "I was able to spend time this weekend talking with Coach Barnett, he is a great guy. He is not just a great coach, but good at heart too. I also was able to meet the starting safeties, Trenton Robinson and Marcus Hyde as well as lots of other guys on the team."

Franklin is known for his big hits on the field and he hopes to help lead Vero Beach to a successful season. SpartanMag.com asked him about his strengths as a player and his timetable for making a college choice.

"I think I am going to wait until after the season before I make any other plans," Franklin said. "My strengths are that I am leader and a team player. I cover the field and com up and cover the run. I like to hit. I like to make receivers pay if they are lucky enough to catch the ball."

Michigan State only has a few scholarship spots left; the fact that they had Franklin on campus at this point is a strong indication of just how much they like them. Having Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi serving as his primary recruiter is also a sign that he is high on the recruiting radar.

One aspect that appealed to Franklin is the opportunity to possibly play early at Michigan State. The fact that Marcus Hyde is a senior and Trenton Robinson is a junior bodes well for players who want a chance to see the field. Like most players, Franklin would like to have a chance to make an early impact at the next level.

Many had assumed that the Spartans are focused solely on Doran Grant for the secondary, but the inside word on Grant is that Mark Dantonio believes Grant could play a role similar to the way Chris Gamble played at Ohio State (CB/WR). Franklin could team with recent safety commitment Roger Williamson of Dayton, Ohio to give the Spartans an impressive tandem of safeties.

SpartanMag.com will be following-up with Franklin in the coming weeks. We will also be making sure that he receives an accurate ranking from rivals.com when they update the position rankings later this fall. Franklin should certainly be a high 3-star recruit if not higher based on the offers and interest he is receiving.

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