Franklin's On the Rise

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Quite possibly the state's top dual threat QB in the Class of 2010 Lake Dallas' James Franklin doesn't want to see himself as simply a dual threat guy. "I really am focused on next year staying in the pocket, I feel like last year I pulled the ball down and ran a little too much," said Franklin referring to 2008.

Pulling the ball down wasn't too bad of an idea for the 6'3 218 pound QB as Franklin ran for 1151 yards and 18 touchdowns along with throwing for 2464 yards and 23 touchdowns earning first team all 5-4A honors and TexasPrepInsider first team all-area honors leading Lake Dallas to an 8-3 mark.

As a sophomore in 2007 Franklin was named District 9-4A newcomer of the year as he was a "slash" kind of player rushing for 322 yards and four touchdowns, passing for 253 yards and three touchdowns and he hauled in 29 passes for 429 yards and four touchdowns.

Known for his lightning quick release and accuracy, Franklin's elusiveness is also a major asset, "This summer I really want to improve my footwork, pocket presence and my deep ball," replied Franklin when asked what he's planning on working on this off-season.

James' top five includes several big time programs as Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Nebraska and Oregon have all shown early interest. "I'd say my three favorites are Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU in no order," said the Lake Dallas junior who does have some family ties to the Sooners as his dad played for OU.

Franklin who plans on majoring in engineering says academics and a family atmosphere are two things he and his family will really take a strong look at when selecting a school.

"My main goal personally is to reduce my turnovers, if I can do that it should help the team win. We want to try and win district next year and make a playoff push."

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