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Franks shifts the spotlight

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Much of the talk at Orange (Texas) West-Orange Stark has been about athlete Earl Thomas and his quick commitment to the Texas Longhorns. His teammate, wide receiver Jacoby Franks, shouldn't be forgotten because he's quietly building up recruiting interest of his own.
West-Orange Stark coach Dan Hooks calls him a "big kid" that will "continue to grow." The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder also has the ability to line up at quarterback, where he'll play as a senior. His ability earned him his first scholarship offer with more likely headed his way soon.
"I went up to Houston a while back with my dad and they offered me there," Franks said. "I was excited because I knew that if I get one, there was reason to hope for more. I think that I should see some come during the spring."
LSU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and a little contact from Texas has caught Franks' eye. The Cowboys and Texas A&M are two schools very high on his mind. His brother, Kerry Franks Jr., is a wide receiver for the Aggies. His father, Kerry Franks, played football at that same position for Oklahoma State.
Needless to say, Franks has plenty of advice coming about the recruiting process.
"I've just been told to evaluate all of the schools," the younger Franks said. "My dad and brother don't care where I go. They just said to go where I feel comfortable and look at every option."
Franks says that right now, OSU holds the leader position.
"I have a family background there," Franks said. "My grandfather was a track coach at the high school level but he ran track at Oklahoma State. Then my dad played there, so I just know about it."
Though OSU may be the favorite, Franks believes Texas Tech may be the next team to send an offer his way. The contact over the last few weeks has been heavy and he believes that it will formulate into an offer.
"I would love to go there because they have a pretty high-powered passing offense," he said about the Red Raiders.
All of the family ties to schools is similar the tradition of position at the Franks household.
"We're all receivers," Franks said. "I guess you can say it runs in the family."
Franks says he's been to Texas Tech, LSU, and Texas A&M for junior days.
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