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Franklin writing the chapters in his book

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The chapters in the book on Roger Franklin are easy to title.
Chapter one: Hustle. Chapter two: Energy. Chapter three: Recruitable. Chapter four: Research. Chapter five: Decision. All but chapter five have been or are currently being written.
The 6-foot-6 Texan isn't holding back the ink either. Franklin, a Rivals150 prospect from Duncanville (Texas) High School, has earned admirers and scholarship offers with his leave-no-prisoners attitude this spring and summer.
At every event he's played in since March, Franklin has produced. Whether it is inside the paint or stepping out on the wing or working the boards or even being a vocal leader, it's hard to argue against his results. Franklin is putting in the work and he feels like the results are starting to show.
"I've been getting better and better on the perimeter and my work ethic is getting better and better every single day. I'm pushing myself harder and harder and I think the summer is going really good," Franklin said. "I'm getting better as a player and as a person. I'm starting to get the hang of the recruiting process…I'm trying to use this summer ball season to get me ready for my senior season where we have a big schedule. Right now, everything is going great."
Recruiting is especially "going great" as Franklin puts it. His list is as vast as the west Texas highway. Arizona, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal, Texas A&M, Utah and Virginia Tech are mentioned by Franklin as the schools that are recruiting him.
"Schools are now come out of everywhere now," Franklin said. "There are a lot of heavy hitter schools and good programs are still coming at me now. I'm getting new offers and new schools are looking at me.
"I'm taking it one day at a time. That's the only way you can look at it. I know that one slip up can determine your future. Your life can be set for the rest of your life by playing the right way at the right time. They say this is the biggest decision of your life. I like to take it slow and day-by-day. Thank God I have my uncle and my mom and dad that can help me with all of this."
A secretary would help, too. Franklin has long maintained his desire to be an "open prospect" as he puts it. Anyone can come in. Franklin is willing to listen. That's what the summer is for, he says.
"I want to go through July and hear what everybody has to say and at the end of the summer, I'll sit down for a good two or three weeks and put everybody on my list," Franklin said. "Hopefully by the end of July, I'll have my list pretty much trimmed down."
Visiting schools helps dig deeper into the school, passing the recruiting lingo and the glitz and glamour of the media guides that keep his mailbox stuffed. Franklin said he has been to Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, SMU and Texas A&M unofficially.
The official visits, all five to be exact, will play a key role in his decision, Franklin says.
"It's going to help a lot. Even though I have all of these schools, I can only pick five schools to officially visit. To me, if I pick one of those five schools, I'm going to see what they have to offer. I really want to look at everything hard," Franklin said.
"I'm not just going to ask how the basketball program is. I want to look at the academics. I want to ask what their graduation percentage is. How do the players get treated? What are their rooms like? I want to look at everything. When it all comes down to it, you have to live their when you are in college. All of those things are very important."
The top 100 prospect will be in New York for the Rumble in the Bronx tournament with the Dallas Seawolves team. Rivals.com will be there as well to see Franklin and the rest of the field over the weekend.
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