Laney RB Frank Summers pulls in first offer

Laney RB Frank Summers pulls in first offer

Big, tough, hard-running backs are a necessity in today's one-back offensive systems and Laney RB Frank Summers (5-11, 240) fits that description perfectly. He's gotten offers from a couple D-1 schools and said he's heading on his first trip this weekend.

"I went to Skyline High School in Oakland and played with Joe (Bates)," Summers told JCFootball.com about his journey to Laney. "I got recruited pretty hard by Washington my senior year, but then when I didn't get a good score on my SAT they kinda pulled away and stopped.

"I eventually got a good score and got qualified, but by then they had moved on and California had come on strong for me and offered me, so I committed there."

Summers actually played some fullback for the Bears, but fell into some academic issues and wasn't really happy as the lead blocker for Marshawn Lynch, so he decided to head to Laney to join his old high school teammate.

"I have no ill-will toward Cal at all," Summers said. "They thought I would do better at fullback and they thought I would be successful there. My heart just wasn't in playing fullback, so I left on good terms and came here and I couldn't be happier with how it's worked out."

Summers claims a 4.5 in the 40 and also sports an impressive 440 pound max on the bench – backed up by 32 reps at 225 pounds. He used those physical skills to finish with 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns this season, but feels he could have done better had he not suffered an ankle injury early in game one of the season.

"The injury kinda hampered me, but I fought through it for the first five games and then the last six, once I got healthy, I think I did pretty well," Summers said. "We were dealing with a brand new line too. They were all freshman, so they were sorta learning on the job as our season went. They improved a lot as the season went on, but it took a while to get the system down."

On Monday night, UNLV was in Summers' home to visit with the bruising back and they offered him a full-ride to come and play for the Running Rebels.

"I'm pretty excited about it," Summers said. "Their coach was here and he was a great guy and we just talked about how they would use me in their system and what I can expect when I go there.

"I'm heading up there this weekend and I'm really excited to get up there and see the campus for myself. I'm really interested in them."

UNLV isn't the only D-1 school on Summers' radar either.

"Hawaii really liked my tape and they were about to offer me a scholarship, but they just got a transfer from Nebraska so they said I could walk-on and that they would love to have me," Summers said. "It's not a big deal because I'm pretty happy with things as they are right now.

"This is all pretty exciting and I'm having fun with it, but at the same time, I want to figure out where I'm heading so I can get focused on that."

Wherever Summers ends up, he'll have two years to play two and he will be able to transfer in December.

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