Richardson (Texas) Lake Highlands five-star defensive tackle Franklin Okam got back from Florida early this morning after two flight delays. But the question now remains, where is he in the recruiting process and did the Gators make a dent in his top teams?
“I thought overall it was a good visit,” Okam, who is 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, said. “They had great weather, and it was 70 degrees in January. It was great.”
Okam, though, is looking at more things than weather. Football and academics top his list and the Gators did a great job of selling him on their pre-med program.
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“They were going to let me go into a heart surgery and observe at one of the local hospitals,” Okam said. “But they decided that it wouldn’t be a good idea. I don’t know if I would be able to handle that quite yet. I would like to be surgeon, and that would have been cool and a lot of fun, but that’s not really the biggest thing that I wanted to see. But I was impressed no question with the medical program.”
He was also impressed with the football.
“I hung out with Jarvis Moss, and I talked to a lot of the coaches,” Okam said. “The depth chart looked pretty good for me, too. I think they’re going to lose about five or six guys in the next few years and that could help me out and let me play early.”
Coach Ron Zook also made an impression.
“He’s a high energy guy,” Okam said. “He gets you really pumped up. He’s also a lot like the coach from Oklahoma that is recruiting me, coach (Darrell) Wyatt. Coach Wyatt is also a high energy guy.”
Okam, the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle according to Rivals.com, said he’s scheduled to visit Oklahoma and Stanford the next two weeks. He also didn’t rule out a mid-week visit to Oklahoma State.
Okam has also visited Texas and the Horns did hold a lead at one point, but that’s not the case anymore.
“This visit makes me even more open,” Okam said. “I just need some time to think things over after I take my visits.”