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No. 3 JuCo CB Benjie Franklin Commits To DII School Over Big 12, SEC Offers

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 07: An 'SEC' logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Benjie Franklin has offers from multiple Power Five schools, but will instead head to the Division II ranks.

Benjie Franklin is a three-star composite player at 247Sports. The site's individual rankings actually have him as a four-star, and the No. 11 junior college player overall.

In the composite rankings, the Navarro College standout is the No. 30 junior college player. He is the No. 3 cornerback.

He is also the No. 2 junior college player in Texas. He originally comes from Houston.

Franklin has some really solid offers. Multiple Big 12 and SEC programs recruited the JuCo corner.

Per 247, he has offers from Auburn, Ole Miss, and Tennessee in the SEC. Kansas and West Virginia also offered, as did Lane Kiffin and FAU.

However, he won't be going to any of them. In fact, he's eschewing Division I football as a whole.

Instead, he's heading to Division II Texas A&M-Commerce. This afternoon, he announced that he'll be a Lion.

It's definitely an interesting decision. Here's his full note:

"First and foremost I would like to thank god and my family first for being there for me and giving me the opportunity and blessing to play at the next level. Without them there's no way I am able to play this amazing game again. I definitely would like to thank all of the schools reaching out and taking their time to recruit me throughout the long recruiting process. Second I have to give a special shoutout to all the coaches from Navarro for the best 2 years of JUCO ball giving me every tool I needed to be successful and to the players for being there for me and being the best teammates as well. With that being said, I am fully excited to announce and say that I will be spending the next 2 years to continue my education and football career at TEXAS A&M COMMERCE!!! #ToTheTop #LionU2k18"

Texas A&M-Commerce is something of a power at the DII level. This fall, the Lions captured their second national championship.