Franklin puts on a show at TCU camp

Euless (TX) Trinity 2014 prospect Tony Franklin puts on a shocking performance at TCU's camp.

Euless (TX) Trinity runningback Tony Franklin had hopes of making an impression at a recent TCU mini-camp and the rising 2014 prospect did just that; and then some. But first, a little background on the rising prospect.

Franklin moved to Texas from Florida prior to his sophomore year and joined one of the state's most storied programs. While the Trojan runningbacks played in the shadow of Joel Kimpela, who rushed for over 2,000 yards and 25 scores in 2011, Franklin made his name known in the spring on the track team. Franklin won district 6-5A in the 200-meter with a 21.47 and was second in the 100-meter with a 10.73. He was also on the Trojans' sprint relay team.

Now that you know the kind of speed Franklin has, let's get back to the way he made an impression on the TCU coaches Friday afternoon. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder ran perhaps the fastest ever forty at a TCU camp when he blistered the Frogs' indoor turf with a 4.27.

It was very apparent that Franklin caught the coaches off guard the first go-around so when he ran his second forty, he again ran a 4.27 and quickly caught the attention of TCU head coach Gary Patterson.

"I was actually hoping to get a faster time because my fastest time is a 4.25 and I ran a 4.27, I just didn't want to run anything above a 4.3," Franklin said. "Coach Patterson came over to me and asked me what school I'm from and what position. He asked if I wanted to play cornerback and even mentioned safety."

Aside from running the fastest forty out of over 300 participants, Franklin also had a vertical jump of 38" and ran a 4.20 pro-shuttle despite slipping on both of his attempts. Always looking to better his game, the humble Franklin felt he could've performed better knowing his ability, but nonetheless knows he gave his best effort.

"I think I did pretty well in the drills, I didn't do as well as I thought I could because I didn't get much sleep the night before so that kind of affected me," he said. "I know I could've done better but I'm pretty happy with myself because I put in 100% effort. I thought the whole camp was fun."

Franklin admits even before he moved from Florida that he was a little familiar with TCU. However, once he moved just down the road he became more familiar with the program and knows it's a school he has a high interest in.

"When I was in Florida I had already read about TCU. I knew it was a Christian college and I heard it was a really good college," he said. "I didn't pay much attention because I was focused on schools in Florida but when I came here the big deal is TCU. I looked into them more and I saw that TCU is actually a good college, I'm a Christian and I want to go to a Christian college."

Franklin has also attended a camp at Baylor and has plans to make stops at Texas A&M and Texas Tech this Thursday.

With TCU aiming to take two runningbacks in 2014, Franklin will be one to watch.


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