As this week continues the streak of unpredictability, 247Lions($) is reporting a commitment this evening. According to the folks on Twitter, it is from Arizona LB Brennan Franklin. He is a member of the 2012 class. It’s unclear if he is a walk-on or a scholarship athlete with the sanctions recently levied on Penn State. My assumption is that he will be a scholarship athlete from 2012, as that year was not effected by the ruling. I think.
Penn State wanted to bring in a second linebacker in the 2012 class, and they have managed to do so, nearly six months after signing day.
Franklin is originally from the Chicago area and is a middle linebacker-type. At 6’2″ 240 p0unds, he certainly has the size capable to do that. Between Rivals and 247Sports, Franklin’s offers include Mississippi State, Eastern Kentucky, Robert Morris and Wofford.
He is unrated by both sources, but one could assume that they will issue a ranking on him soon.
He shows decent speed, a good eye for play recognition and an absolute knack for hitting. His FILM shows him filling holes and laying the ball carrier out on more than one occasion. The other linebacker in the 2012 class, Nyeem Wartman, is more than fast enough to play on the outside, so it’s safe to assume that Franklin will hold down the MLB spot within the class.
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