Andrew Franklin was simply exchanging a few e-mails on the Fourth of July.
He liked what he saw when he logged on Wednesday.
The Enka lineman has become the latest rising senior from Western North Carolina to receive a college football scholarship offer (Northwestern Oklahoma State).
Franklin was relieved that his online correspondence with a member of the Rangers coaching staff got the ball rolling with his recruiting.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound blocker is the only returning All-Mountain Athletic Conference selection for the Jets, who went 4-8 last season.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders to know that someone is interested,” Franklin said.
“It was a quick process. I just heard about the school (on Wednesday). After sending a couple e-mails back and forth, they said that they wanted to offer me.”
Along with his sheer size, Enka coach Manny Matsakis said that Franklin has impressed college coaches with his workouts on the summer camp circuit.
“He’s got quite a few people looking at him and Andrew is drawing a lot of interest,” Matsakis said.
“Hopefully, he’s still got a few more offers to come over the next few months.”
In addition to Franklin, Enka’s depth on the offensive and defensive line is expected to get an unexpected boost this season when rising senior Kacee Hutchinson plays varsity football for the first time.
The reigning Citizen-Times All-WNC Wrestler of the Year won the NCHSAA 3-A championship at 195 pounds in February.
He has played football before, just not at the high school level. Hutchinson has been attending workouts this summer with the intention of playing this fall.
“He’s a good friend. I’m real excited about it for us and for him,” Franklin said.