"We have our scrimmage this coming Friday," Franklin said. "The following week we play Ryan Mallett and Texarkana (Texas) Texas High."
"We played them last year and beat them last year. We are going to beat them again. I love playing against guys like that. He is going to have a rude awakening in the first game."
John Tyler had a good year last year going 8-3 and were a bi-district finalist going 5-1 in the district. However, things really change from last year to this year in terms of personnel.
"We have a lot of young players. Us seniors are trying to help them and guide them. Our defense last year was entirely seniors. We are going to be pretty good still."
Franklin has been a little tough to get a hold of this summer, but mentioned that recruiting was going good. He is up to four offers, four big offers. "It's going good. I have offers from LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have all offered."
There hasn't been any thought to official visits, but there is at least an informal visit planned to see a friend at one school and out of the list of offers there are two that he would like to visit.
"I haven't thought about my official visits at all. I would like to see Nebraska and LSU. I am heading to Washington after the season in December to see a friend."
The offer from Nebraska was a little surprising to Franklin. It sort of came from out of the blue. "I was just wondering what Nebraska wanted with me. I hadn't heard a lot from them and then I just got their offer. I stay in contact with Nebraska a lot."
"Coach Randy Jordan is recruiting me from Nebraska. He's real cool. They like me as an offensive tackle. I prefer playing offense because I just play defense in goal line."
Franklin is a physical specimen coming in at about 6-foot-5, 320 pounds and still having a 5.2/40. His physical toughness shouldn't be questioned either considering playing through the injury that he had from last year. That injury has his coach wanting to keep him solely on offense.
"I tore my ACL last year playing defense. I got a chop block. My coach doesn't want me to get hurt again so they are saving me for offense."