Getting to the FBS or Division I level is a big deal for any athlete in any sport, but some are lucky and talented enough to play multiple sports at a high level.
As a sophomore in high school, Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla standout Feleipe Franks knows he can shine on the football field or on the baseball diamond at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds.
On Saturday, while visiting Alabama, Nick Saban let him know he could make an impact in both realms if he chooses to spend his college years in Tuscaloosa. The news was a surprise of the 2016 quarterback talent.
"We went into Coach Saban's office and he said that Coach [Lane] Kiffin liked me and that they were going to offer me a scholarship to go there," Franks said. "I'm not really sure how I felt going in, seems like I should have been expecting it, but I wasn't."
Already a four-star arm on Scout.com, expectations of an offer wouldn't have been outlandish considering he already had Florida State, Florida, Clemson and several others on his current list before adding the Crimson Tide to it.
" When he offered me, I basically thanked him," Franks said laughing. "I was happy. It's a real good opportunity. The program speaks for itself."
The news broke in between a busy day for the large group on campus.
"We went and toured the facility, talked to the coaches, went to Coach Saban's office, he offered me, we went to eat, chill in the dorms, did academics and that's it, pretty much," he said.
Franks is ahead of the game on the offer front, but it doesn't mean he's close to making a final decision despite the gaudy offers to his name.
"I haven't really thought about it like that, they're all good offers," he said. "I like them all. As for a final decision, probably sometime in my junior year.
"I'm looking for a place where I can play baseball, football, and academics. Alabama said I can play both. I'm good at both, I don't enjoy one more than the other, that's why I want to play both in college."
On the football field, Franks believes he can play in a variety of offenses, including the pro-style scheme.
"I've studied the game, played and watched it for a long time," he said. "I'm a guy who is going to give it his all each and every game."
Don't try to label him as a pure-passer or dual-threat guy, either.
"Either one, really, I can be both," Franks said.
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