Update: We’ve been able to confirm that Missy visited Georgia last weekend, and will be at USC in two weeks.
Missy Franklin is making the next stop on her national recruiting tour, as tonight she is wheels-down in Austin, Texas where she will visit Carol Capitani’s Texas Longhorns.
This is the third official stop on Franklin’s recruiting tour, with Texas coming on late in the party as sort of a darkhorse choice. Missy’s boyfriend John Martens swims for the Texas men, but it would be flippant to presume that this was enough of a reason for her to add the Longhorns to her itinerary. In fact, the late addition probably has as much, if not more, to do with Captiani’s addition.
Capitani is in her first season at Texas after coming over from the Georgia Bulldogs, who Missy has identified as a front-runner since the very beginning of her recruiting escapades.
A swimmer as good as Franklin will bring huge value regardless of where she ends up. At Texas, however, she won’t be needed quite as much immediately as she would be at two of her stops (USC and Georgia), though certainly more than the defending champion Cal women. That’s because Texas already has some good backstrokers in their arsenal in Lily Moldenhauer and Sarah Denninghoff, both of whom would be seniors next fall. Cal probably has the 3 best backstrokers in the country, whereas Georgia and USC both could use another one (not that either is devoid of backstroke talent, either).
For what it’s worth, the campus in Austin could be a little quiet this weekend. That’s because Texas will be at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas playing against their arch-rivals Oklahoma (though as one of our readers astutely pointed out, with the Austin City Limits music festival in town, Austin will still be jammed with visitors).