Franks is already rated as a four-star prospect and should rank amongst the nation's best signal callers for the sophomore class. Several major programs have come calling for his services, but the Tigers will hope the connections Franks has to their program will pay off once it's all said and done.
TSD caught up with a source close to Franks' recruitment for the details on where the Tigers stand.
Franks visited Baton Rouge this past weekend for LSU's Spring Game. He picked up the scholarship offer from Cam Cameron on Saturday and came away very impressed with the trip overall.
Harrison Smith is a high school coach in Tallahassee — which is about 20 miles north of Franks' hometown — and he accompanied the four-star sophomore on his trip to Baton Rouge. Coach Smith is already familiar with LSU as he was also heavily involved in the recruitment of 2014 OT Derrick Kelly, who had LSU as a finalist before eventually signing with Florida State.
Coach Smith said Franks enjoyed every aspect of his trip to Baton Rouge.
"He had a great time," Smith said. "They made a great impression. LSU did a great job."
But what's really interesting about Franks are his connections to new LSU special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto. According to Smith, Franks has a large family that has roots in Southeast Texas, the same part of the state in which Peveto grew up.
In fact, Peveto and Franks' father attended the same school, and according to Smith, Peveto's father coached several members of the Franks family. The two families are still close to this day — "even the grandmother," Smith said.
But this isn't a case of a kid getting an offer because he's close with a coach. This one's all based on merit and Franks is a "can't miss" prospect in Smith's eyes, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound quarterback that can throw the ball "75 yards in the air."
Smith said Cameron was incredibly impressed by Franks' film and called him "unique and special." Franks is just the second QB that Cameron has offered in the 2016 class, joining four-star Avery McCall on the Tigers' board.
Though most of Franks' film shows him throwing from the pocket, Smith said he can make plays on the move as well, which has been a prerequisite for QBs targeted by Cameron.
"He moves very well actually," Smith said. "His team was a Wing-T team but hopefully they convert to a pro set."
Between his visit this weekend and his relationship with Coach Peveto, LSU has soared near the top of Franks' list, Smith said. Franks is also very interested in Georgia, Alabama and nearby Florida State, but the Tigers are definitely right in the thick of things.
Franks visited Georgia three weeks ago and Alabama in February. He's made numerous trips to the Seminoles' campus, which is less than 30 minutes from his hometown. Franks plans to camp in Baton Rouge, Athens and Tuscaloosa this summer and will be making a commitment before the start of his junior season.
So these next few months will be vital in his recruitment, and LSU will hope to ride this early momentum into another big pickup for the Class of 2016.