Missy Franklin will make her first college visit this offseason when she visits the University of California this weekend. Cal has always been considered one of the schools most likely to win her over. Other possibilities include USC and Georgia among her top three.
Franklin likes Cal for a number of reasons. Some of her Olympic teammates went to Cal, her idol Natalie Coughlin went to Cal, and her Olympic coach Teri McKeever went to Cal. The biggest competition might not come from another college (although the Trojans and the Bulldogs are considered very much in the hunt). Her choice likely hinges on whether she decides to turn pro.
Franklin is still undecided about whether she should go pro. Franklin is set to earn millions of dollars in endorsements for her achievements in London, but would have to forego all of that if she remains an amateur. The decision figures to be a tough one for Franklin, although she plans to attend college regardless.
One potential compromise would be to swim with a college team a few years before turning pro in time for the World Championships in 2015 and the Rio Olympics in 2016. The decision remains hers.
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