Claude Franklin became the first Jacksonville Fightin' Indian to give a verbal commitment this year, when he announced earlier this week that he had selected Texas A&M Commerce as his school of choice.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Student-athletes from across America can begin signing their official letters,which are binding, on National Signing Day (Wednesday) or anytime afterwards.
Franklin (6-foot-4, 180 lbs.) is a wide receiver who had 44 grabs for just south of 700 yards last season.
Franklin was coached by Chris Taber, who offered up the following thoughts on Franklin's decision.
“We're very happy that Claude (Franklin) will have this opportunity to play at the (NCAA) Division II level,” he said. “We believe Texas A&M Commerce is getting a good football player that he will help their football program.”
A&M Commerce is a member of the Lone Star Conference (NCAA Division II).
The Lions went 7-5 last year under the direction of head coach Colby Carthel.
A&M Commerce advanced to play in the Live United Texarkana Bowl, where it took on Harding University of Arkansas.
Taber said that there could possibly be at least a couple of other Indians who decide to play football at the next level also.
“We have (two) kids that have offers and that are others are getting some attention,” he said. “I don't know if everyone will have everything worked out to be able to sign on National Signing Day, but, if not, it should be shortly there afterwards.”