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Key for OU signee Aaron Franklin is harnessing flashes of greatness

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010

Growing up, Aaron Franklin cheered for the Texas Longhorns. Not the Oklahoma Sooners.

But when it came time to make a college decision, Franklin's heart took him to Norman.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker out of Marshall, Texas, committed to OU over Texas last August, giving the Sooners a notch in the annual Red River battle over Lone Star State recruits.

Marshall suffered a season-ending knee injury early during his junior season, but came back and had a strong year last fall as a senior.

At OU, look for Marshall to step into the position of weak-side linebacker played so well the last two seasons by Travis Lewis.

"Aaron Franklin is one that shows flashes," said Jeremy Crabtree, national recruiting editor for Rivals.com, which ranks Franklin the No. 77 outside linebacker in the country. "He's got a good motor and he's going to hit you hard."

Crabtree points out the key for Franklin is harnessing those flashes of brilliance on every play.

"Sometimes you look at him and go 'Wow, he's gonna be one of the best in the state of Texas.' But then he disappears for awhile," Crabtree said. "That's not a knock on him. When you're a star, you're gonna show flashes."