Madison Franklin, a Class of 2013 forward from Strongsville, Ohio, has verbally committed to Western Kentucky, her family has confirmed to ESPNHS.
Franklin plays club soccer at Cleveland FC, and has earned a number of accolades locally for her success. She attends Strongsville (Strongsville, Ohio), but this fall has suited up for Ohio Premier Eagles.
Franklin is the first confirmed commit to Western Kentucky for the Class of 2013.
Other Schools Considered: Cincinnati, Grand Valley State, Kent State.
Why Western Kentucky?: "With Western Kentucky, I just feel like it was what I was looking for and I loved everything about it. I also really like how they are in the Sun Belt Conference, so I will be able to go to states and cities that I have never been to before. The coaches at Western Kentucky are really great and the players are so welcoming. It's a really great enviornment."
What surprised you the most about the recruiting process?: "As a player starting to go into the recruiting process, I did not know a whole lot about it. I learned that when you're visiting schools you need to look at a lot of different aspects, including the soccer program, the coaches, the field, the players, things about the school, the dorms, the location, etc. Also, I learned if you don't love a school, you should keep visiting others until you find one that you do love and that is right for you and what you're looking for."