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Franklin emerges as top 2016 recruit

Darrian Franklin continues to land major offers which is not a surprise but the timing of it, how early everything has happened, is a little unexpected.
Downey, Calif., coach Jack Williams said he expected Franklin to be a top recruit but Williams thought his star 2016 linebacker would not have received this level of attention until his junior season started.
After some strong camp performances and after coaches have seen him in person, Franklin has received some big-time offers with Arizona State and UCLA being the two latest coming earlier this week.
"They like his size and his athleticism really stands out," Williams said.
"I saw it coming but I didn't see it coming this fast and this quickly. I thought during his junior year he would blow up."
Franklin, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect who looked good at the RCS Southern California, has been especially busy this offseason.
Arizona State and UCLA are the two latest to offer the 2016 linebacker from Downey.
Previous to those two offers, Franklin landed Miami, USC and Utah. According to Williams, there are no clear frontrunners since it's still so early in Franklin's recruitment and the 2016 recruit is just taking his time and seeing which other programs get involved.
"He's just soaking it up right now," Franklin said.
Other offers could be on the way. Williams said Michigan and Penn State have reached out and that Franklin is hearing from basically every Pac-12 program.