UCLA commit four-star athlete prospect Johnathan Franklin (5-10, 181, 4.4) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey saw his star rise dramatically as a senior and got the job done on both sides of the ball. Though Franklin has been committed to UCLA since "Sudden Saturday" like many others in UCLA's very talented class, he has set up a visit.
Franklin was one of 17 recruits that showed up on that December 14 weekend.
"It was fun and I was able to get an understanding of the program better," Franklin said. "I was able to meet the players already in the program and they were cool. They will look after you and not steer you in the wrong direction.
"I told Rahim (four-star defensive back also from Dorsey Rahim Moore) that if we come here to UCLA, we can turn this place around," Franklin said. "UCLA has a lot going for it.
"I like UCLA's academic advisors," Franklin said. "They will stay on you and make sure you are taking the right courses for your major.
"At UCLA they care about you as a student-athlete," Franklin said. "At other schools they seem to care more about you as an athlete first and a student second.
"At UCLA they will prepare for the real world after football," Franklin said. "My Mom liked UCLA and I liked it too.
"I will take a visit to Arizona State," Franklin said. "I'm pretty sure it is January 11th. I'm pretty sure I'll make my final decision after the visit.
"I don't know much about Arizona State so I'm looking forward to my visit," Franklin said. "I will chose the school where I feel I fit in best.
"The coaching situation at UCLA will not affect my decision," Franklin said. "I realize it is a business and nothing is promised as far as coaching. No coach is guaranteed, he's going to be there the next year or year after that.
"I have been thinking a lot about it lately," Franklin said. "My future is on the line so I have to.
"I'm open to both schools and I told (Arizona State assistant) Coach Eric Yarber that I'm going to chose the best school where I fit in at and I can excel."
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.