Four-star running back/defensive back Johnathan Franklin ((5-10, 181, 4.4) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey was one of the many that attended UCLA's soiree last Saturday and came away very impressed with new head coach Rick Neuheisel, but that didn't stop another Pac 10 school from trying to throw their hat into the ring.
Cal has offered the talented two-way standout a visit and he will be heading to the Bay Area this weekend.
"Whenever you get an opportunity to take a visit to any college, you take it," Franklin said. "It is a blessing.
"There are a lot of high school players who aren't given an opportunity to visit colleges," Franklin said. "I just thank God and am I humbled.
"It seems like Cal has talent and if they get more players they could win a championship," Franklin said. "As far as academics are concerned, Cal is a wonderful school.
How did Franklin's visit to UCLA go last weekend?
"It went really good," Franklin said. "I was really impressed.
"It was my first time meeting Coach Neuheisel," Franklin said. "He's genuine and he cares about his players.
"Coach Neuheisel seems like he's going to make the right adjustments to make UCLA successful," Franklin said. "He's a good fit for UCLA. He's up front and real.
"Coach Neuheisel went to UCLA, he's played in the Rose Bowl, he coached in the Rose Bowl game and he knows what it takes to get us there," Franklin said. "I believe he's the coach who is capable of getting us a National Championship.
"I know it is a bold statement, but if UCLA is going to win a national championship, it's going to be with Coach Neuheisel.
"The quote that really stuck out to me was, 'you come to a school, but you get to play football.' Meaning school is going to take you far in life.
"It shows you that Coach Neuheisel has academics first."
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.