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Many schools are trying to get in the race now that they know Orlando Franklin has opened his recruitment back up. Franklin signed with Miami in 2006, but NCAA Clearinghouse held him back from enrolling last fall. Just last week Franklin was naming a final two, but a third school has entered the race.
Orlando Franklin says Miami, Georgia, and Florida Atlantic are even right now.
"I decided last week to take a visit to Florida Atlantic University this weekend," said Franklin. "It was close to home, they have been recruiting me, and I wanted to see what they were about."
Franklin was impressed with FAU.
"I liked it ? I really did," he said. "Coach Snellenburger is there and he is a great coach. I like how they recruited me too. They didn't try to get me to commit or anything. They just talked their school, the football program, and they didn't say much about recruiting or anything. I really liked that. They didn't pressure me at all."
The Owls are now in the mix with two big time programs.
"They (FAU) are now up there with Georgia and Miami," Franklin said. "I was really impressed with the program and the coaches. They were great."
Florida Atlantic received the first of Franklin's three official visits.
"I am visiting Georgia (1/19) next weekend and then I will probably visit Miami the weekend (1/26) after that," he said. "It is really down to those three."
The Dawgs, Canes, and another in-state program are sending coaches down over the next 24 hours.
"Florida State is on the way right now," Franklin said Sunday afternoon. "Coach Trickett (OL Coach) is coming in for a visit and then Miami is coming in tonight for a visit. Coach Shannon (Head Coach) and Coach Pannunzio are coming in Sunday night too."
"On Monday, Georgia is coming into my home for a visit. Coach Bobo (Offensive Coordinator), Coach Jancek (Franklin's Recruiting Coach), and Coach Searels (OL Coach) are coming down."
Right now, it is down to three schools for Franklin.
"It is Miami, Georgia, and FAU," he said. "I don't really have a leader right now. I am getting recruited by a lot of other schools, but I am really just thinking about those three. I am probably going to take my visits and then make my decision."