Broken Arrow's Kohl Franklin: The next big thing?
BROKEN ARROW, OK —
Broken Arrow's Kohl Franklin may be the next big name to come from the Tiger baseball program. Franklin is an OU commit...and points to an assistant coach as a big reason for his decision.
"I had a relationship with some of the coaches, like Clay Overcash,” Franklin says. “He was a scout for the White Sox, and I played with him a lot during the summers. And it just felt like home, and that's what I was looking for, pretty much."
Kohl isn't the only D-1 player in the area, but what makes him unique is his family. His uncle, Ryan Franklin, is a world series champ and gold medalist. His dad Jay, a former pro, is an agent for the likes of Archie Bradley and Dylan Bundy.
"Just a great baseball family,” coach Shannon Dobson says. “You know, he's come up, surrounded by a lot of guys that have had that experience, and can kind of tell him what he needs to do, where he needs to be, and as far as his work, and how he needs to progress."
Coach Dobson has seen his fair share of major league talent...and he compares Kohl to some of the best.
"Jacob Evans, and of course Archie Bradley, and guys like that. There's a good chance we'll see him playing professionally."
And how does Kohl feel about that?
"Ever since I could start playing baseball, I've wanted to make it to the MLB. It feels great. And it just makes me look back on all those times I was sitting there thinking this is so hard. It just shows that it's all paid off."