Franklin turned a lot of heads this summer with his camp performances. He ran a 4.39 time 40 yard dash at camps at McNeese State and TCU. He also posted a 30" vertical jump and a 4 second shuttle run. Although the numbers aren't there from last season that would earn him the ratings by recruiting services, there are big plans for Franklin to come in and play early at Nebraska.
Franklin chose Nebraska over offers from Auburn, Tulsa, Houston and Louisiana-Monroe among others. He was scheduled to visit Nebraska on an unofficial visit this weekend (August 28), but has to reschedule due to a conflict in his football schedule.
"I've been looking at their quarterback on-line that they have committed (Harrison Beck)," Franklin said. "He's pretty good. I'm looking forward to playing with him. I've been walking around school with his name and stats on paper telling people that's my future quarterback."
Now that Franklin is on board is there a chance that he can get teammate Calvin Mickens, who is also holding a Nebraska offer, to follow him to Lincoln? "He's planning on committing too, to Nebraska."
First it was Wallace Franklin and now it is Calvin Mickens. Both of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen high school, they chose Nebraska. This could come as a surprise to Husker fans as Mickens was recently was rumored to be favoring Auburn.
"We both liked Nebraska and decided it was the right choice. Coach Blake and Coach Gill recruited me. They are cool guys."
"Nebraska was a childhood favorite. I chose Nebraska because of the coaching staff, the facilities and really because of the new coaches. I grew up watching Eric Crouch and Grant Wistrom. I remember those guys."
Mickens will be a cornerback at Nebraska and is excited about playing the cornerback position. Mickens is 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds. At the McNeese and TCU camps this summer he ran a 4.41/40, had a 36" vertical and ran a 4.1 shuttle.
Like Franklin, Mickens doesn't come in as a four or five star recruit, but both could be the best athletes in this year's class for Nebraska. Additionally, Mickens will be given the opportunity to compete immeditately when he gets to Lincoln. Not having film on either of these two didn't help with the ratings and not being able to accurately evaluate them.
Per Stacey Dean of The Insiders, and the author of the Texas Hot 100, "Unfortunately, I have yet to get what I need to fully evaluate Wallace Franklin and Calvin Mickens. But I have accurate measurements on those two guys from the Texas Southeast Combine."
"Beaumont Ozen WR Wallace Franklin is 6-2, 165, and clocks a legit 4.50 forty time. He was recommended to me way early in the process and was a Texas Hot 100 selection. He dropped out of the 100 because I was not able to collect the film I needed. However, he will be given every opportunity to make the Texas Hot 100 when I get more on him."
"As for Calvin Mickens, he's projected to play wide receiver and/or defensive back on the next level. He measured 6-1, 180, and clocked a 4.59 forty, a blistering 4.01 (20-yard) shuttle, along with an impressive 37-inch vertical."
"Again, will need to gather more info before I can fully comment on their abilities. That said, they stack up very well (number-wise) with other top Lone Star State D-I athletes."
Mickens chose Nebraska over offers from Texas A&M, Tulsa, Auburn, Minnesota, Arkansas, UTEP, Missouri, Washington State and Arizona.
Mickens and Franklin committed sight un-seen and Mickens had this to say about that, "Just the fact that it is a great school. The tradition should go on and I want to be a part of it."