We had a chance to watch video footage of Hobbs stud WR Reese Franklin. Come inside to read our evaluation.
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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
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
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,
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
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.
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.