It's been almost a month since West Orange (TX) athlete Trey Franks has suited up in a football uniform. In mid-October, Franks was suspended for what the district called inappropriate use of technology. At that moment, his season with the West Orange-Stark football team was over.
And as if that was not enough, the 5-10, 175-pound Franks had to watch in disbelief as the Mustangs lost the Class 3A bi-district game 41-36 at the hands of Coldspring-Oakhurst last week.
But Franks has a new focus, which took a lot of personal quiet time to process all that happen not long ago.
"After the incident happened, I took like two weeks to just let it sink in. It hurt me real bad to not be able to go out there with my teammates," Franks said. "After the two weeks, I got back on track. Got in the weight room and get ready for track season. And stay in shape."
Though track season is a big time for him, he also has a future on the gridiron as well. In late July, he and teammate James Haynes committed within the hour to coach Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma football team.
And when looking at the word ‘commitment' it's clear that many going through the recruiting process, on both sides, could use a refresher in the meaning of that word. But in the case of Franks, there seems to be a sense of understanding.
"I talk to coach Jay Norvell about once a week after the Sooners games. When the incident happened he called me and told me not to worry about anything," Franks said. "He (Norvell) said that everything is going to be all right. He told me since I committed to them, they would be committed to me. He told me to just stay in the weight room and stay focused and get ready to get to Oklahoma."
So in the midst of dealing with the loss of the high school season, Franks said he found that to be comforting knowing that the school he chose would be there along his side.
Of course, there are many others with him as well.
"I went through a lot with all of this. I was happy that I have a lot of support around me," Franks said. "My family and the community is behind me so that feels good to have that support system."
So now the focus has moved on for an anticipated track season and getting everything in line for him to get to Oklahoma. He claimed that he and Haynes are looking to visit Norman officially in December, but nothing has yet to be set up.
More than three months have passed since the call was made to the coaches for his commitment. And then the incident happened. But even with all of that has occurred, are other programs still recruiting him?
"After I committed, the phone calls stopped, but I have still been getting letters from TCU and Baylor," Franks said. "But, I'm locked in with the Sooners right now."
And he stated that he is ready to get on campus and show what he can do. At the receiver position, Franks is what some may call a playmaker. But more than that, what makes Franks more than valuable is his speed.
Franks is a player who consistently runs in the mid-to-low 4.4 40-yard. Maybe that is why the coaching staff is looking for him to compete when he steps on campus.
"He (Norvell) said he wants to get me out there. Right now they are not looking at the red shirt," Franks said. "He wants me to get out there at slot receiver and make plays."
Before the suspension, Franks had over 200 yards of offense and three touchdowns.
Assuring that his commitment to Oklahoma is solid, Franks spoke briefly about the Sooner team this season.
"Every year I have watched them, they seem to always be on top of the Big 12," Franks said. "This year there have been a few struggles, but everything will work out. Either way, that's my team and I am sticking with them."
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