Signing Day: Penn State and Brailyn Franklin


Brailyn Franklin is going to play for Penn State!

Brailyn is a fine young man. He “picked” Penn State over Maryland, Temple, Virginia Tech, and Syracuse on Signing Day. He attends church in Manassas, Virginia where his pastor, Bishop Wesley Cherry, Sr. preaches and teaches and lives and breathes faith. And watching him from a distance, it is clear that Brailyn is a product of his family’s and his church’s faith. His proud parents are humbled by the prospect that their son was recruited by a Big 10 Power school, and are moved even more by how Heaven is elevating Brailyn.

Sometimes faith is mixed with “pinch me, I must be dreaming” amazement at how God has ordered and orchestrated the pieces of our lives to come and fit together perfectly. Brailyn’s athletic and emotional development is impressive. Add to it his maturation and progression and you get the excitement of Signing Day that is only surpassed by his unlimited potential.

Brailyn Franklin did everything for Battlefield (Va.) High School: rush the passer at defensive tackle, return kicks, run the wildcat, force fumbles, split out wide and built a stadium. Alright, he didn’t build a stadium. But he did build a solid relationship with Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry, and that was key in leading Franklin north to Happy Valley.

Here’s what the website FANSIDED said about Brailyn signing with Penn State:

Thin at linebacker, the Nittany Lions got an important piece of the puzzle on National Signing Day when linebacker Brailyn Franklin officially signed with Penn State. Franklin committed to the Nittany Lions back in August and followed through with that promise on National Signing Day.

Listed by many recruiting services as an athlete, Franklin will start at Penn State as a linebacker. He mainly played on the defensive line in high school in Virginia, but at 200 pounds, he’s better suited to be a linebacker in college. He’s a raw talent who would benefit greatly from an extra year to both develop his skills and build some size. He could also move to the defensive backfield if needed.

Franklin’s versatility and speed make him a very intriguing prospect and Franklin could be a key addition to the defense.

Franklin intends to major in sports psychology, a mission he’ll begin as soon as his Haymarket, Va., Battlefield High team finishes its 2016 season. “What I’m hoping to accomplish on the field this season is to actually get to the championship, and making sure that I finish out the season healthy so I can prepare for college,” Franklin said.

Congratulations Brailyn and welcome to Penn State!

The Washington Wizards? Really? Seriously? . . . Wow!


Wow means to amuse, delight, cheer and entertain. It is an exclamation expressing astonishment or admiration. Coincidently, synonyms include holy cow, holy mackerel, and holy moly. Michael Jordan gave us plenty of wow moments, and now the Washington Wizards are doing some of the same.

Wow is what the Washington Wizards are doing right now in the 2014 NBA playoffs. They wowed the Chicago Bulls right out of the playoffs by beating them four games to one in the first round. Now, to add insult to injury, they’ve beaten the Indiana Pacers ON THE ROAD in Game One of their second round matchup with the No. 1 seed. The Wiz are wowing their way through these playoffs into the hearts of Washington fans in general, and die-hard sports fans in aggrandizement.

Wow. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t see this one coming. Not in a long shot. The Wizards haven’t won a second round playoff game since 1982. That’s 32 long years. That’s longer than the life span of their prominent dynamic duo of John Wall and Brandon Beal. But they won. And they won convincingly. And that’s why I’m a sports fan and that’s why we love the game.

 Wow. That’s what Israel said when David defeated Goliath. Wow is what Abraham said when Isaac was born. Wow is what Joseph said when he became second in command in Egypt. Wow is what Mary and Martha said when Lazarus came back from the dead. And that’s what doubting Thomas said when Jesus showed him His nailed scared hands and the wound in His side.

And wow is what God wants to do with your life. Wow is what God wants to do in the earth. Wow is what God will do because all creation is waiting for that wow moment – the manifestation of the sons of God. Ours is to believe we serve a Wow God. Ours is to believe God is the God of Wow. So take it from Bishop Wesley T. Cherry of the Word Alive Church International in Manassas, Virginia. Yesterday he preached “Wow!” I got the message, and I hope you do to. Expect the God of wow to perform wows in your life!