Franklin Will Get His Shot at Quarterback

Fisher has made it clear that Seminole commitment John Franklin will get a fair shot at quarterback this fall.

Despite already having four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, all of whom are expected to battle it out for the starting position, head coach Jimbo Fisher maintains that three-star commit John Franklin will remain at quarterback for the foreseeable future.

At 6-foot-1, weighing just 175 pounds, and having been clocked in the 40-yard dash at sub 4.4 times, its not hard to see why most teams that recruited Franklin wanted him as a wide receiver or defensive back. But Fisher is sticking by his word and really had high praise for everything that Franklin can do from the quarterback position.

"He threw the ball at our camp extremely well," Fisher said. "He's a tremendous athlete, great hands. Can flick it, can throw it, can run, and when he tucks it down now, you talk about zone reads and doing all that stuff or scrambling, he's going to the house. He can fly. Great instincts."

Since arriving at FSU , Fisher has had a knack for finding kids in South Florida not being recruited by all the big schools, and he feels he has another diamond in the rough with Franklin.

"It's kind of like when we got our running back, Devonta {Freeman}, and Xavier Rhodes," Fisher said. "You know, everybody said ‘well who the heck is he' because Miami and Florida hadn't offered him.

Regardless of if Franklin remains at quarterback throughout his career, FSU is getting a very good athlete to say the least. If for whatever reason things don't work out for Franklin at quarterback, he clearly has the size and speed to find his way on the field at wide receiver or perhaps in the secondary.

On top of his athletic ability, FSU is also getting a high character kid who puts academics first, something Fisher often preaches.

"First and foremost they are getting a great kid," South Plantation coach Doug Gatewood said. "He's a two year captain. He carries a 4.0 GPA and has a 28 ACT.


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