The class of 2010 is quietly shrinking in numbers. Gary Franklin, a Rivals150 guard from Mater Dei High School in California, ended his recruitment late Monday night after visiting a Pac-10 school.
Franklin made the quick trip over to Southern Cal with his family to see the Trojans play an exhibition game against Azusa Pacific. After the game, Franklin met with Tim Floyd and staff and committed on the spot, Gary Franklin, Sr., said.
"He's happy it's off of his shoulders now," Mr. Franklin said. "We was looking at his list over the last couple of weeks and decided he was ready to make his decision. A lot of his decision was based on academics and the opportunity to play."
Franklin, a Rivals150 prospect, gives the Trojans a perimeter threat a player that can play minutes at the point guard position. Mr. Franklin said his son liked the opportunity to see time right away for the Trojans.
"One thing that [USC coach Tim Floyd] mentioned to us was that he wanted Gary to come in and run the show and he sees him as a guy that can get things in motion for them," Mr. Franklin said. "Coach said he likes how Gary can shoot the ball and his leadership should help the team."
Franklin also considered Arizona, Baylor, Cal, Stanford and Utah. The Trojans came on strong in the end, Mr. Franklin said, and did everything they could to earn a commitment from his son.
"They were aggressive but they did it with great respect," Mr. Franklin said.
Franklin joins Dwayne Polee in the 2010 class for USC.