Franks meets new recruiter

Seth Franks has been to Alabama several times during his recruitment, but he was able to notch some firsts during his most recent trip to nearby Tuscaloosa.

Among the dozens of top visitors last weekend at Alabama, Seth Franks may have had the easiest commute to campus.

The Northport (Ala.) Tuscaloosa County junior quarterback is also among the most familiar with the Crimson Tide program under Nick Saban, though he was able to see at least one important thing for the first time last Saturday.

"It was good, I had a lot of fun," he said of the trip. "I got to know Coach [Lane] Kiffin, he is my recruiter now. He was wondering how I was doing and what my camp plans were coming up.

"I think I'm going to camp at Alabama for one afternoon (this summer)."

Franks, who has an early offer from Jacksonville State along with SEC interest, was impressed most by his time at and inside Bryant-Denney Stadium.

"The best part of the visit was probably going to the locker room and stadium," he said. "Because that was my first time going in there and it was real nice.

"Those jerseys are so nice! They are the lightest jerseys I have ever felt, it was unreal. I think some were new, mine looked like it was just stitched up. And walking around the facilities was pretty nice."

Another plus was seeing one of the quarterbacks he's kept up with most over the last few seasons while checking in with Alabama on unofficial visits, practices and the like.

"A.J. (McCarron) was there throwing, and I got to watch him throw a little," Franks said. "He was working out with a guy from QB Country, we were watching from a distance. He was doing good, getting ready for pro day."

Soon after, the Franks camp went back to Northport in order to rest in preparation for Sunday's VTO 100 combine, in which the 2015 signal-caller wowed all in attendance en route to the overall MVP award at the event.

"Just went out there and did my thing," he said laughing. "We started off with six stations that were just so they could see your footwork and stuff. Then we went to groups and worked on our drops and warmed up. Then straight into routes on air and the 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 passing."

Hoping the award helps with his exposure to schools across the South, Franks feels he made the right call to leave Tuscaloosa early. Other schools have been noticing his talents despite missing the latter part of the 2013 season with a hand injury.

"Akron is coming down to watch this spring and maybe Auburn and Southern Miss," he said. "I visited Mississippi State the weekend before, the QB coach was following me around and talking to me a lot. He told me to send my highlight tape.

"West Virginia messaged me saying they have been watching my film a lot lately and asked for all of my info. "

Franks now gears up for 7-on-7 season, in which he'll play with fellow in-state talents like Maurice Smitherman, Keith Mixon and others with the Southern Xpress.

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