Junior QB Franklin impressed with SMU offense

With June Jones as the head coach at SMU, expect the Mustangs to attract some of the best quarterbacks and wide receivers in the state and in the country to visit the Hilltop. Lake Dallas dual threat signal caller James Franklin was on hand for a recent SMU home game. What did Franklin think of his visit, for those answers and many more go inside this story.

It's never too soon to start recruiting the top juniors in the state of Texas.

One of the best junior quarterbacks in the Lone Star State appears to be James Franklin of Lake Dallas High School.

Franklin, a 6-foot-3, 216-pound athlete, has had a breakout type junior year for his high school team.

Franklin, a dual threat type quarterback has thrown for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns; he has added another 900 yards rushing and 15 additional scores.

"He is one of the most accurate passers I have seen for some time," said one avid football expert. "Expect him to be one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the state if not in the country."

Currently Franklin has no official offers, but he feels that it's only a matter of time.

"There several schools recruiting me very hard," Franklin told PonyStampede.com Sunday afternoon "Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Texas, Colorado, SMU and Oklahoma State are some of the schools showing a lot of interest."

Franklin recently took an unofficial visit to the Southern Methodist University campus and came away very impressed with the Mustang's new offense and coaching staff.

"I like the offense a lot," Franklin said. "I feel it's a great fit for my talents. We got a chance to meet Coach June Jones, he and all the coaches were very nice and upbeat about the direction the program is going in."

While some schools might want Franklin to play another position, there is one that intrigues the talented athlete the most.

"I want to play quarterback at the next level," Franklin said. "I will play where ever, but feel that I can play quarterback."

Franklin was also impressed with the campus and students on the Hilltop.

"Everyone was so nice," Franklin said. "SMU has a strong academic reputation, that's important to me. Their coaching staff was really down to earth and easy to talk to."

Franklin, a current junior in high school, will take the SAT and ACT for the first time next month.

According to Franklin's head football coach Michael Young, what ever team gets him will be getting a great one.

"He is a great leader," Coach Young said. "He is a very talented athlete and a great quarterback. He definitely can play quarterback at the next level. He is a great young man that comes from a great family."

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