There never was any doubt from Tyler (Texas) John Tyler coach Thomas Brooks that his offensive tackle Marquis Franklin was going to be highly recruited. However, he knows things could really get out of control once his star player finishes his acdemic test.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Brooks has previously picked up written offers from Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, and just last week Nebraska. A verbal offer from LSU is still out in the open, but Brooks says that he's trying to tell Franklin how important school is to his college future.
"Marquis has never had a problem passing his classes, but he's going to be close with his grades right now," Brooks said. "He needs to do well on his tests and we've been working on that with him. If he takes care of business, he could really god anywhere in the country."
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Brooks also said that Franklin is currently open to all options. Leaving his home state is also not as big of an issue as once was thought.
"At first I thought he might have problems leaving his mother behind," Franklin said. "But, he told me that he doesn't mind leaving the state."
The next stop for Franklin is a stop at the Texas A&M camp this summer on July 16.
"We're taking him and our big defensive tackle Adren Dorsey who is just going to be a junior to that," Brooks said. "This will be Adren's first camp, so he's really excited to be going up there with Marquis."
Dorsey looks to be yet another big prospect to come out of the tradition rich East Texas program.
"He's going to be outstanding," Brooks said. "He's 6-foot-3, 294 pounds right now. He'll see some time on the offensive line, but he'll be a defensive tackle on the next level. He's already getting mail and he's real excited about what's going to happen."