Last Saturday’s Spring Game was the fourth time Battlefield (Haymarket, VA) junior Brailyn Franklin has visited Virginia Tech this year. This trip may have been the most important, though, as the 6’3”, 200-pound outside linebacker/defensive end target made the trek alongside some important people.
“My mom and little brother came from Texas. My dad, stepmom, and three sisters also came with me,” Franklin said.
“For me, it was a regular day at Virginia Tech,” Franklin continued. “The only difference was it was a game-like atmosphere to watch them play. It was fun to see people from all over Virginia take time out of their day to come see Virginia Tech. That was pretty awesome to see. For my family, they loved that people knew my name. People I didn’t know were coming up and saying, ‘Go ahead and commit.’ That was pretty cool. My mom heard coach Fuente explain the importance of having me be there. Coach Foster took time out of his day to talk to her, too. That was real cool for her. My family liked the atmosphere.”
The announced crowd of 44,700 did not go unnoticed by the Battlefield star.
“It makes a big impact,” Franklin said of what it meant to him to see such a big crowd come out for the Spring Game. “It shows that people really care about the team.”
Coach Fuente, Franklin said, “thinks I’d be a great fit in their defense and be able to make big plays. He said I could become a big player for them.”
Foster was “asking if I could see myself at the school. He just said to keep focusing,” the Battlefield star said.
Franklin provided his thoughts on the Tech defense and his potential role.
“I liked it,” he said. “I liked seeing what it would be like there. Number 24… he plays like a whip and is also a strong safety. He rushes and drops back. Basically, that’s what I’d be doing.”
Following this latest experience in Blacksburg, where does Franklin have Virginia Tech on his list? Is he close to a decision?
“Virginia Tech stands first,” Franklin answered. “It’s between them and Maryland right now. My deciding factor as...
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