Arizona football: Cats dip into New Orleans for another commitment

2014-07-08T16:04:00Z 2014-07-08T16:21:32Z Arizona football: Cats dip into New Orleans for another commitmentDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Calvin Magee might want to think about relocating to Louisiana. At least for recruiting season.

The Arizona Wildcats got a commitment from New Orleans high school linebacker/defensive end Kendal Franklin this afternoon. Franklin is the third Louisiana high school product to commit to the UA for 2015 and Magee, the team's co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach, has served as the lead recruiter for all three. 

Franklin, a product of Warren Easton High School, is rated as a two-star prospect by the recruiting service and He chose Arizona over Boise State. He also had offers from Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss, Tulane and others. 

The 6-foot-1-inch, 212-pound pass rusher has never visited Tucson. He said he will officially visit in October for the USC game.

"Committing without visiting was something I talked to my coaches and family about and they all said that if that's where my heart is, that's where I have to be," Franklin said. "So it all just felt right, even though I haven't been there yet."

Magee, a native of Louisiana, has now been the lead recruiter for Franklin, New Orleans cornerback Antonio Parks and Shreveport running back Orlando Bradford. Franklin said Magee went to high school with his uncle, Barrett Franklin. 

Franklin said he doesn't know Parks or Bradford well, but is looking forward to getting to know them and have some other Louisiana players on the roster. 

Franklin is the 17th known commitment for the Wildcats for the 2015 class and the seventh defensive player of the group. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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