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January 4, 2009

Meet Eric Franklin

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Eric Franklin
Birthdate: Feb. 12, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Nicknames: E
Height: 6’3
Weight: 200
Position: Safety
High School: Archbishop Curley
Senior statistics: 80 tackles, seven interceptions. 13 receptions, three touchdowns.
Rankings: -- Two stars. -- Two stars, No. 117 safety.
Bench max: 250
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Richmond or Akron
Other schools considered: Duke, Virginia, Bryant, Buffalo
Favorite NFL player: Ed Reed
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Jack Scarbath (“I went to school with his grandson.”)
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z, 50 Cent
Favorite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Favorite movie: Pineapple Express
Favorite TV show: South Park
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The people.”
Other high school sports: Basketball and track
Hobbies: “Hanging out with my friends.”
Intended major: Civil engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a deformed right pinky. When I was positioned in my mom’s belly, my hand was up against the side. So basically I’m missing one bone in my pinky.”
Best football moment: “In rec football I caught a touchdown pass with a minute left in the game that sent us to the championship game in the playoffs. I was 13.”
Role model: “My grandma taught me to be really tough and not complain; basically to suck it up.”
Why Maryland? “I like the people and the engineering program is really great. The football team and the coaching staff are just great people.”

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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