After a verbal commitment last June and an official visit in between to Oklahoma, Oregon officially signed outside linebacker Darrian Franklin, a four-star recruit out of Downey, California. Franklin also saw offers from Arizona, UCLA, USC, Miami and Arizona State.
A late scratch for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in early January and a participant in The Opening football camp last summer, Franklin is listed at 6'1 and 210 pounds and saw snaps at wide receiver in high school. However he's seen as exclusively a true linebacker in college. With a 40 time of 4.71 seconds, he's described as a physical and bruising linebacker who can force fumbles.
A Southern California native, Franklin surprised many originally at the time of his announcement last summer by not staying closer to home by going local favorites UCLA or USC. He also graduated high school early in order to enroll at the University this semester and attend spring practices.
Franklin average nine tackles per game his senior year of high school, while also racking up three touchdowns throughout his high school career.
Here's some of his highlights vs. Lynwood High School: