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Minter's first recruit at Campbell is Enka lineman


9:40 PM, Nov. 30, 2012 EST

Andrew Franklin

CANDLER — 

Enka senior Andrew Franklin hopes to study law in college.

Campbell made the best case to land a verbal commitment from the Jets lineman.

Franklin said he has decided to continue his football career with the Camels just days after they introduced former Carolina Panthers standout Mike Minter as their next head coach.

Franklin was told he is the first recruit from the Class of 2013 for the new staff at Campbell.

"It's a great opportunity for me," Franklin said. "When I made this decision, I wanted to be at peace with it. I am at peace with it. I know I chose the right school for me."

Franklin took his official visit to Buies Creek the day after the Jets (5-7) pulled off arguably the upset of the season in Western North Carolina football, a 34-24 home win over Asheville High on Sept. 28. It was Enka's first victory in the Mountain Athletic Conference series in 17 years.

Franklin was an All-MAC selection this past season and listed on the Jets' roster at 6 feet, 4 inches and 325 pounds. He is cutting weight to meet the 285-pound limit needed to wrestle at heavyweight for Enka.

Campbell recruited Franklin to play offense, Jets football coach Manny Matsakis said.

"Andrew loves the school. It was his top choice before the year ever started," Matsakis said.

"It's a great fit and a chance to compete at the Division I (college) level. I imagine the new coaching staff brings a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm glad that Andrew will be a part of that as well."

Franklin is the third current WNC football player to select a college -- Asheville lineman Jesse Karnezis (Liberty) and Enka wide receiver Drake Wells (Gardner-Webb) are the others.

Minter was introduced as Campbell's coach Tuesday. The former safety was part of two national championship teams in college at Nebraska and helped the Panthers reach the 2003 Super Bowl.

 

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