What Franklin brings to the table is clear – he is a quarterback guru and a strong recruiter in talent hotbeds like Baltimore, Prince Georges County and Washington, D.C.
Franklins most recent quarterback project was the development of Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year Danny OBrien. In his first nine career starts, OBrien led the team to a 6-3 record and an appearance in the Military Bowl Dec. 29 against Conference USA foe East Carolina.
OBrien finished the season with over 2,250 yards passing, throwing for 21 touchdowns to just six interceptions. The redshirt freshman completed nearly 57 percent of his passes.
Maryland has committed a considerable amount of top recruits from the state of Maryland, as well as New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Terps signed three five-star recruits, two four-star recruits and were an established power in the Top 25 recruiting schools from 2003 to 2005, according to Scout.com
In 2006, the team slipped to No. 27 and committed one five-star recruit. Since then, the team has plummeted anywhere from No. 28 to No. 52. There has been just one top-100 recruit since then – Kenny Tate.
Current rankings list Maryland as the No. 50 recruiting schools in the nation, behind fellow ACC teams Florida State (5), Clemson (10), North Carolina (19), Virginia (21), Virginia Tech (35), Georgia Tech (39), Boston College (41) and Duke (44).
While Franklin has been praised for his in-state recruiting, the team has failed to sign some of the top Maryland-D.C. talents. The 2011 commits still undecided include DeMathas Cyrus Kouandjio and Darian Cooper, Gilmans Darius Jennings and Good Counsels Blake Countess. Maryland is still in the running for all of those prospects.
The pitch Franklin had previously stated he uses to attract recruits is the stability of Marylands head coaching positions. If not current head Ralph Friedgen, players could expect Franklin to be at the helm of the team.
Franklin spent 2000 to 2005 as the Terps wide receivers coach, and assumed recruiting coordinator responsibilities in 2003. Since 2008, he has been the teams offensive coordinator.
In 2009, then-Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow appointed Franklin as the teams head coach-in-waiting, and if the team decided to go in another direction come January in 2012 he would earn $1M. After an 8-4 turnaround, however, Friedgen received a one-year contract extension.
Vanderbilts head coaching vacancy came following Robbie Caldwells resignation after the teams last game of the season. Caldwell led the Commodores to a 2-10 in his first season with the university.