Mizzou picks up pledge from Texas Gunslinger

Another Texas gunslinger has chosen the University of Missouri as the place for him to call home for the next four to five years. Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin took an unofficial visit to Columbia the last two days to see what Mizzou had to offer; apparently he liked what he saw and pulled the trigger shortly after the Tiger's practice ended here Saturday morning.

Another Texas gunslinger has chosen the University of Missouri as the place for him to call home for the next four to five years.

Lake Dallas quarterback James Franklin took an unofficial visit to Columbia the last two days to see what Mizzou had to offer; apparently he liked what he saw and pulled the trigger shortly after the Tiger's practice ended here Saturday morning.

"It was a lot better than I expected," Franklin told InsideMizzou.com via his cell phone off campus. "Coach (Bruce) Walker is such a great recruiter. I have been thinking about making my pledge ever since yesterday. We got a chance to check everything out on campus. I want to major in engineering and they have a great school here, it's just the right place for me."

Franklin got a chance to watch practice Saturday and feels that he can definitely play and have a successful career in Columbia.

"I really love the offense," Franklin said. "It's the same as we run in high school. I can play here and I feel I can have a lot of success here in this system."

Is Missouri recruiting Franklin as an athlete or for the quarterback position?

"They haven't even mentioned any other position," Franklin said. "No doubt they want me to play quarterback. Coach Pinkel told me that he feels that I'm the perfect quarterback for their system."

What was Pinkel's reaction to Franklin's news?

"A big smile came across his face," Franklin said. "He gave me a hug and welcomed me to the family. Coach Pinkel is such a great guy and a man of high character, we like that a lot."

Franklin's father Willie Franklin played running back at the University of Oklahoma.

"I'm very proud for my son," Franklin said. "This is the perfect place for him, we love it here."

Last year Franklin threw for 2,452 yards and 24 touchdowns while completing 68% of his passes. He also managed to tack on 1,052 yards on the ground with 18 touchdowns. As a junior, Franklin was named the offensive MVP of his district and he was an all-state honorable mention. Much like Chase Daniel's days at Southlake Carrol, Franklin has directed the same spread offense used by Missouri.


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