November 18, 2010
Franklin high on the Spartans list
One of the top players on the recruiting board for Michigan State is defensive back Larry Franklin of Vero Beach High School in Florida. Spartanmag.com caught up with the 6-foot-0 185-pound prospect and got the latest.
Earlier this fall Michigan State was able to host Franklin on an official visit. The 3-star recruit was in East Lansing to watch the Spartan defeat the Wisconsin Badgers back on October 2nd. Franklin came away very impressed with his time in East Lansing and started:
"The trip 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."
Since that time Franklin has been focused on his helping his team on the field and this weekend Vero Beach (9-3) will play in the Florida 6A playoffs against Seminole Ride High School (9-1). Franklin's play from his safety spot has been key to the team's success.
Franklin indicated that at this point his visit to Michigan State is the only one he has taken and the Spartan staff has kept in frequent contact with him.
'I just spoke with Coach Dantonio and he said he will be down the first week of December, Franklin stated."
When we asked Franklin about what it was that made the Michigan State such a great trip, Franklin had a simple answer.
In addition to speaking with Coach Dantonio, Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Secondary Coach Harlon Barnett have been active in Franklin's recruitment. Coach Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Franklin.
Franklin took his official visit to Michigan State with his teammate, 4-staroffensive lineman Marcus Jackson. Jackson is listed as soft commitment t the Miami Hurricanes, but is taking visits. While Jackson is rated the higher prospect by Rivals.com the Spartans are focused in on adding Franklin. Jackson will almost certainly end up a Cane.
A combination of Roger Williamson and Larry Franklin would give Michigan State an impressive pair of safety commitments. The Spartans have prioritized both players as plan A and when you get the top guys on your board, you have to be happy.
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