April 8, 2011

St. Mary's High School trio on Army's radar

Defensive back LaRon Tarkington, linebacker Brennan Franklin and Beau Kitson are all products Phoenix (Arz.) St. Mary's High School and each are hearing from the Black Knights of Army.

GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch up with both Tarkington and Franklin to discuss their recruiting.

"I've been hearing from Army and Washington," shares hardhitting linebacker, Brennan Franklin, who indicates that the Black Knights and Huskies are showing him the most interest right now.

"I've been talking to the coaches at Washington, but the quiet period is in effect so afterward I will be speaking with them soon, he says, as he switches his thoughts to Army"

"Andy Guyader of Army has been in touch with me and it's coming well," says the 6-foot-2, 241 pound backer, when referring to Army's wide receiver coach and what is unfolding on his recruiting radar.

"Many schools plan on coming out to meet with me and LaRon Tarkington."

So does Franklin have a preference at this stage of his recruiting and what about the possibility of playing at the next level with his two high school teammates?

"I'm showing interest in wherever I can play and get a great education," he says.

"I'm really good friends and LaRon and Beau. When it comes to Beau, he is interested (Army) as I am and would probably go there if they offered him. But LaRon is more of that type (West Point) of person than just a player. I know at West Point, it is more of lifestyle before it's a sport and LaRon is definitely that kid for the job. Don't get me wrong, I would love to play there and I think they have a great program, but I am just keeping my options.

Franklin knows that one aspect of the recruiting cycle that will get his name out there is to attend the various camps and combines. "I'm working on my summer camp and combine schedule right now," he says. "I know I'm going to Washington's camp for sure. A bunch of schools want to me to attend to look at me, but money is a challenge to make it to all of the schools that have invited me."

Franklin already has the physicality and size to play middle linebacker at the next level, but could project as a defensive end as well.

"I just love to hit people and that's what I'm good at," he declares.

"I'm good at filling the holes and I love contact in the hole. Especially playing in the division that my school plays in, you have play with that mentality and can't be afraid. I go all out and will smack a player in the mouth, especially quarterbacks and running backs."

Like Franklin, defensive back LaRon Tarkington is excited about the interest he is receiving from the Black Knights and is also optimistic that he will be pulling in his first college offer very soon.

"I think they (Army) are going to offer me soon," states the 5-foot-9, 180 pound athlete. "Coach Guyader called to see if I had taken my SAT and how I was doing academically."

"I have a high level of interest in playing at Army and my uncle attended West Point and graduated a few years ago."

In addition to Army, Tarkington indicated that he is hearing from UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

"I plan to attend camp at UCLA and possibly Washington's camp," shares Tarkington, who will line again at defensive back this season, but also spend some time at running back for St. Mary's.

And where does he see himself playing at the next level? "I don't have a preference, wherever the school wants me to play," he says.

Tarkington also doubles as a trickster, where he runs the 100M & 200M and his fastest times were 11.1 & 22.8 in the 100M and 200M respectively.

And what about the possibility of playing together at the college level with Franklin and Kitson? "We think great that we are being recruited by Army and thought it would be cool if we all went to the same school," Tarkington concludes.

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