UCLA pledge four-star athlete prospect Johnathan Franklin (5-10, 181, 4.45) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey is finally getting his just due. While UCLA was the early bird regarding Franklin's recruitment there are plenty of others trying hard to take him off UCLA's hands.
Franklin took a visit to Cal a week ago and he went away very impressed with the Berkeley campus and this past weekend he tripped to Arizona State.
"My trip to Arizona State went well," Franklin said. "It was as good as my trip to Cal.
"Arizona State's coaching staff are really cool," Franklin said. "Running back coach Jamie Christian is genuine and upfront.
"Coach Christian didn't tell me that I would come in and start right away," Franklin said. "He said there are no politics and that the best players play. I liked that he said that.
"Arizona State had three running backs that had least 100 carries," Franklin said. "That is really cool.
This week coming up is going to be very busy for Franklin and his family.
"Cal and Arizona State will be visiting the house this week," Franklin said. "UCLA will be coming in on Sunday.
Now there is another school vying for Franklin's services.
"Washington State just offered me last week," Franklin said. "I will be visiting them on January 25th.
With all the recent attention that Franklin is garnering where does UCLA the school he is pledged to stand?
"UCLA will always be No. 1 choice until I get a chance to analyze everything and until I get the chance to talk to my Mom and my coaches to see how they think about it," Franklin said. "Until all that happens, UCLA is my No. 1 choice.
As a running back, Franklin rushed for just under 2,000 yards as a senior. He would have easily made that plateau but he was taken out of the second half in some games and had several long runs called back.
Franklin is a member of the Rivals.com Rivals250 for the class of 2008 and is ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's No.16 athlete prospect. He was also selected to the Rivals.com California Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 55 prospect at any position.