Tigers Add Franklin to Fold

The Missouri Tigers are wasting no time in securing their border, shown with their fifth in-state commitment, WR William Franklin. After transferring to St. Louis Vashon, forced to sit out his junior season, William still ranked among the top prospects in the state of Missouri. I spoke with Vashon Head Coach Reginald Ferguson.

The Missouri Tigers started their 2004 recruiting efforts immediately after Signing Day, and addressed the fact they would like to sign three or four wide receivers. They wasted no time in adding two of the state's best, concidentally both named William.

"William Franklin is a good football player," Coach Ferguson addressed. "He has a good attitude and is a good student."

Coach Ferguson stated that after inititally being asked if there should be any concern on Franklin not being able to play football his junior season.

"There is no reason to worry. As a sophmore against us, he showed great ability and made some great catches. From what I've seen here, he has shown good ability to run routes, jumping ability, and speed."

Make no mistake, all recievers slated to head to division one programs are usually tagged with good speed and jumping ability.

What seperates Franklin from the rest in putting him in the upper echelon of recievers?

"He is very coachable, and is very serious about his approach to the game. He has good concentration resulting in good hands. He also has a big body at the receiver position."

William has been timed at 4.4, and recorded with nearly a 40 inch vertical.

Other schools to show interest were Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Arkansas, Kansas, and Indiana.

"Iowa was definitely a school showing interest," Coach Ferguson added lastly. "They wanted to gain more information on William, but they appeared very interested."


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