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Where Are They Now? – Tommie Franks

Times Athlete of the Year in 1979

Tommie Franks remembers what it was like going through the recruiting process 36 years ago.

The versatile Hammond High athlete was recruited for baseball and football. He also was 5 feet, 10 inches tall, so a lot of schools overlooked him.

“It was a lot different then because you didn’t have all the exposure kids do now,” Franks said. “We, as teens, really didn’t know a lot about it.”

tommieFranksAs the Northern Indiana Recruiting Director for Recruit Look, LCC, Franks said he looks to help parents and their sons or daughters with the recruiting process.

Franks cites himself as going to Indiana State thinking he had an athletic scholarship for baseball.

“I found out it was a financial aid package, not an athletic scholarship,” Franks said. “I want to remind parents to make sure you have signed on the dotted line.”

Franks transferred to Drake University after his sophomore year and played wide receiver for the Bulldogs.

The 2000 Hammond Sports Hall of Fame inductee is a steward for Laborers’ Local 41, but said helping high school kids understand the process is something he has always wanted to do.

“There is so much that is not known out there about different financial aid packages,” Franks said. “Some schools offer partial scholarships, some offer grant-in-aid, but you need to know what you are receiving. Many don’t know Division III schools or Ivy League schools do not offer ‘athletic scholarships,’ but you can get grants-in-aid.”

He said Recruit Look does charge a fee and he is upfront with coaches and parents.

“We also allow you to post a video for free, fill out your information,” Franks said. “We do have other packages.

“We do not guarantee a scholarship, but over 95 percent of Recruit Look athletes earn some form of scholarship money.”

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