South Plantation's standout John Franklin plays quarterback, but is also quite the athlete. After running a 4.56 forty with a 4.37 shuttle time and a 34-inch, many are recruiting him at multiple positions including quarterback, receiver, defensive back, or as an athlete, but Franklin sees himself playing just one.
"I play quarterback and occasionally wide receiver," said Franklin. "I think of myself as a quarterback and that's where my focus is. I've improved a lot and want to be one of the best in the state."
This summer the 6-foot-1, 175 pound Franklin and his team participated in several 7-on-7 tournaments with the last one at the USF sling & shoot in July.
"It was great and there was a lot of competition, a lot of teams with different looks, so it was fun but competitive at the same time," said Franklin. "Some of the teams were state champions, so you get to see how you measure up. We got a lot of good work in as a team, and it helped us get better."
It's going well on the recruiting front for the South Plantation 3-star prospect, who has received over a dozen offers and plenty of interest.
"It's going great. I have 13 offers from Temple, FIU, Georgia State, Bowling Green, WKU, Navy, Air Force, and a few others," said Franklin. "I'm also talking to Wisconsin, USF, Auburn, Iowa State, and Kentucky a lot, so I'm just waiting to see what happens."
The Bulls running back coach, Larry Scott has been recruiting Franklin for some time now and the standout athlete said they are looking at him at quarterback.
"They're still looking for a second quarterback and are looking at me real hard at quarterback," said Franklin. "They told me they like what they've seen so far and I'm just waiting to see if they pull the trigger."
The South Plantation prospect got to take a tour of the Bulls campus and facilities and liked what he saw.
"Coach Scott took us around and we got to see the campus and it was really big and very nice and the facilities are great, they have a real nice weight room, their practice fields are beautiful," said Franklin."They're talking about building an indoor practice facility, expanding the weight room, and adding connecting buildings. The locker room is in construction now, and they're doing a lot of remodeling to make sure their players have the best that they can get."
Franklin said that he has a short list of schools he likes, is interested in and hopes for an offer from
"Yes, USF, FSU, Wisconsin, Auburn, and West Virginia," said Franklin. "Those are the schools that interest me the most."
The 6-foot-1, 175 pound dual threat quarterback talks about what he likes and about what he thinks of the USF program.
"For a newer program they're really taking it seriously to get to that next level and win championships," said Franklin. "I think they have a great vision and I think they're going to take it far just with the dedication from Coach Holtz down to the coaching staff and even to the players. They all have a vision they believe in; that they are going to be a great team and I see it happening."
The Bulls are also recruiting his teammate 4-star running back Alex Collins, and they do talk about playing together at the next level.
"That's all we talk about and we want to go to the same college. That's our goal and our plan, so that's a big thing between me and him. We love to be together in college."
As of now Franklin has no timeline as to when he'll make his college and will take his time.
"I don't really have a timetable, I just want to wait and see what my options are before I pull the trigger," said Franklin. "I'm just being patient for now."
While he's taking his time in choosing his college, Franklin said he has one main focus.
"My focus is on the season, we have high expectations on ourselves," said Franklin. "Our goal is to take it to the next level, win districts and go to States."
Last season Franklin earned All-County honors with 1,600 yards of offense, 15 total touchdowns and three interceptions.