San Pedro (Calif.) linebacker Robert Franco (6-1, 225) is now getting ready for the second round of the City Section playoffs. But the more the Pirates play, the more film he has to send out.
Franco recently made a mid-year highlight tape that is making its rounds and the response has been good.
“I’m still waiting on some schools but I could feel it coming from some schools, and it’s going a lot better,” said Franco. “I just sent out tape to a couple of schools like last week. I sent tape to Cal, Fresno State and UCLA, and I’m still sending out some more tape to some other schools.”
The three in-state schools have drawn the most focus from Franco and the interest has been reciprocated.
“Those three are the main ones that have showed a lot of interest mostly,” said Franco. “Cal, Fresno State and UCLA have always been showing me interest. Cal and Fresno State are recruiting me for both sides and UCLA is recruiting me as a linebacker.”
Washington State was the first school to offer Franco, though he hasn’t spoken with them as much. “I haven’t talked much to Coach Broussard, I talked to him maybe a month ago, and he said he wanted me to come up on a visit,” said Franco. “With that, I didn’t know when I could go because I didn’t have any bye weeks. So we’re looking for the end of the season.”
He maintains regular contact with coaches from his three favorites. “Coach (Ron) Gould is who I talk to at Cal, Coach (Tim) Skipper is the coach recruiting me at Fresno State and then Coach (Todd) Howard but mostly Coach (Chuck) Bullough is who is recruiting me for UCLA,” said Franco.
Franco has been to numerous college games the past two years and would like to take in a few more. “I’ve been going to a couple of UCLA games here and there this year and last year. And last year I did an unofficial visit to Cal and I want to go to a Fresno State game, or at least get the opportunity to take an official visit up there,” said Franco. “I’m hoping I can take an official visit to Cal and UCLA too.”
Franco said he has continue to grow, both in height and weight. “I’ve grown a little bit, now I’m like 6-1, 225, and I’m continuing to add weight when I can,” said Franco.
Franco is on pace for another 100-tackle season and has two interceptions. San Pedro cruised to a 34-3 win in the City Section playoffs last night and will face Venice on Wednesday in second round action.
Academically, Franco has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 1500 on the SAT, with plans to take it again.