December 28, 2009
MSU vs. Pitt, Purdue for Ohio O-lineman
With the recent attrition that Michigan State has experienced, it looks like the Spartans will add one more offensive lineman to the class of 2010. Eric Franklin of Cardinal Mooney High School could have the inside track to that final scholarship spot. SpartanMag.com has the latest.Matt Dorsey's Take:
Franklin has long been a prospect that the Michigan State staff has been interested in. At 6-foot-7, 300-pounds, Franklin is a big and powerful prospect. His play was one of the reasons Cardinal Mooney went undefeated (15-0) and ended up being ranked one of the top teams in the nation.
Franklin picked up many post-season accolades for his play. One of the most recent honors he received was being named 1st Team All-Ohio by OhioVarsity.com. Interestingly Michigan State commitments Travis Jackson of Columbus DeSales and Skyler Schofner of Big Walnut are also on that team.
Franklin has an impressive list of offers to choose from, but a few select schools have moved to the forefront of his recruitment. SpartanMag.com asked him about that.
"Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Purdue are the schools I am looking at the most," he said. "I have a visit set up to Michigan State for January 15th."
January 15th is turning out to be a big recruiting day for Michigan State. The Spartans will have many of the current class of 2010 commitments on campus along with several top uncommitted players they want to add to the class.
Franklin is very familiar with the Michigan State program. Primary recruiter Pat Narduzzi has been in touch frequently with Franklin, and he and his family have been on campus several times this fall. Franklin indicated that he has a good idea about what he likes about the Spartan program
"I like the campus, the fan base and the coaching staff, Franklin said. "Michigan State is about having a strong family based relationship with the players and coaches. I liked that, it fits me well."
If the Spartans do add Franklin to the mix, it would give Michigan State not only one of the best offensive line classes in the Big Ten, but a wall of four Buckeye State products. Throw in 2009 commitments Nate Klatt[db] and [db]Henry Conway and Ohio could very well be the key to the future success of Spartan football.
Michigan State would seem to be in very good shape to land Franklin. The same weekend he is coming in the Spartans will also host offensive lineman Alex Lewis of Arizona. It looks as if one of them will likely be the last piece of the puzzle.
If Franklin does become a Spartan, it will give Michigan State 5 of the top 50 prospects in Ohio for the class and once again, Mark Dantonio and his staff will have done an outstanding job.
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