Burger King Student Athlete of the Week: Declan Franklin

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WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) — Central High School senior offensive and defensive lineman Declan Franklin comes from a family of athletes.

"My older brother played soccer, my sister swam, [my other brother] ran track," Franklin said. "My mom played all sorts of sports, my dad also played football."

Franklin, who is also a member of the Central track and field team, is the youngest in the family.

"Pressure is an understatement," he said, "but it's also fun. I love every second of it."

He also comes from a military family.

Franklin's grandfather served in the United States Air Force, and both of his brothers have enlisted in the army.

"It's definitely shaped who I am more, my parents have always had a very strict routine about life, there's freedoms obviously," he said, "but you know they've made sure to mold me into who I am."

This season, the Falcons are out to a 7-0 start for the second year in a row.

"He's what every coach in the Valley would want on their team," Head Coach Michael Yew said. "There's no question. Good size. Good feet. Good speed. Kid works hard in the weight room, comes to practice everyday, works hard in the classroom."

"I mean, he's just overall a very well rounded young man, who, there's no doubt in my mind, is capable of doing anything that he sets his mind to," said Melissa Marston, Franklin's meteorology teacher Melissa Marston.

With graduation getting closer, Franklin has a plan.

"I want to go to [Virginia Military Institute] like my sister did," Franklin said. "I'd like to play Division I football there. I'd like to take those skills and hopefully do broadcasting. I'd like to be a sports broadcaster."