Tale of the Tape: Reese Franklin

We had a chance to watch video footage of Hobbs stud WR Reese Franklin. Come inside to read our evaluation. Have other players you want us to evaluate? Email me newmexicoinsider@yahoo.com

Reese Franklin wide receiver from Hobbs high school has great size at 6'1 and good speed running in the 4.4-4.5 range.  When watching this tape we were really looking to see how legit that speed is and how Reese does other things like route running, catching the ball etc.  Here's our evaluation.


Tape: Highlight tape from the 2006 season, Franklin's junior campaign.



Height: 6'1

Weight: 175

40: 4.4


2006 Honors:

Last year Franklin earned 1st team all district, 1st team all county and honorable mention all state after catching 20 balls for 480 yards. He also is a dangerous return man, taking 4 kicks back for scores.



The first thing we look at is size.  Does the reported 6'1 look to be legit on tape?  Answer yes, Reese has very good size and the 6'1 is the real deal.  Second is the 4.4 reported 40 the real deal?  Answer yes, Franklin can run.  When watching the tape it jumps out at you that Reese is a special talent on the football field.



Reese has the size and speed that colleges like.  His reported size of 6'1 is the real deal and that 4.4-4.5 range is also the real deal.  Franklin does a good job with the ball in his hands.  He is a candidate to take the ball to the house each and every time he touches it.  He is the type of high school athlete that can take a simple slant route and turn it into an 80 yard score.  Reese also does a good job of going up to get the ball.  Several times, fade routes are thrown in his direction Franklin goes up and gets it at its highest point.  He uses his athleticism to just simply out jump players.  Finally, Reese also will routinely come back to the football when his quarterback is scrambling around.  Many times we see high school kids that don't know what to do in that situation, that's not the case with Franklin.



Like any other high school player, Franklin has some things to work on.  Two things on film really jump out at you.  First one is that Reese always holds the ball in his right hand.  While that doesn't seem to be such a big deal, it is at the college level.  If you have players perusing you from your right the ball should be in your left arm.  Again that's okay in high school in college that could turn into fumbles.  The other thing is that Reese catches the ball with his body.  College coaches really like to see players that go and get the ball, the wide outs that catch it with their hands at all times.  Now even though this is a negative right now, it's doesn't mean he can't get recruited; most high school players will catch the ball like this.



Franklin's the real deal.  His size and speed make him one of the top wide receivers in New Mexico next season.  Hobbs high school runs a spread type of an offense, with lots of 3 and 4 wide receiver sets.  With that system and his athleticism Reese will put up huge numbers next season.


Bottom Line:

As of right now I would venture to say that Reese is the top wide receiver prospect in the state next season.  He has great abilities and will be a force next season.  So now the big question, what about his college prospects.  As of right now I would say that Reese at the very least is a D1AA kid.  I ultimately think he is a mid major type of player in the long run.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the two local schools get involved pretty soon.

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