Huskies offer JUCO Tailback Mike Franklin
The Huskies don’t usually dip their toes into the JUCO ranks much, but after taking a look at 2023 Contra Costa RB mike franklin, they made him an offer earlier this week. The big latecomer hopes to visit campus very soon and said he has already established a good relationship with the latecomers coach. Lee Brands.
“He’s a good guy. I really like him,” Franklin told Dawgman.com recently. “Coach Marks saw me at San Jose State camp doing workouts and then he asked me to go run a route. He liked me before he saw me doing that, but when he saw that I could run a route and catch the ball, that’s when he said he knew he wanted to give it to me.
“I’m a big back (6’2″, 225) and he said he liked the way I was going down, how I was catching the ball and how versatile I am and can do whatever they are looking for) from the ball carrier position).”
Washington’s offer is only the second for Franklin, joining one he received from San Jose State, but he said other schools — USC, UCLA, Arizona and Utah, along with a few others – have been in touch this spring. after taking a look at its highlights and game strip.
“It’s pretty fast, so it’s pretty good,” Franklin said. “It just goes to show that if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, things will be fine.
“Obviously I’ve visited San Jose State before and it was a really good visit. The coaches treated me well. I want to get to Washington as soon as possible. We’ve talked about it and maybe I’ll have to We’ll have to wait until the fall, but we’ll see. They want to get me up there too.
As a freshman last season, Franklin finished with just under 900 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 12 receptions for 133 yards. He won the All-League First Team and was also a member of the All-State Team last season.
“I feel like I can do whatever my team needs me to do,” Franklin added. “If they need me to get tough yards, break tackles, get into the open field, score touchdowns, I can do it. If they need me to catch it and help out that way, I can do it too. If they need to block me, I’ll do it too. I don’t care. I just want to get out there and help my team. I love to compete and that’s a few things I love. feel like bringing to the table.
Prep at Alabama, Franklin was a gifted fullback who rushed for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while playing at Spanish Fort High School. He got an offer from Memphis and had a lot of interest from Tulane and southern Alabama, but he couldn’t qualify. Once he started looking around, heading west was kind of a no-brainer.
“I needed to find a place where I could play, but also a place that didn’t have the distractions that I would have if I stayed closer to home,” Franklin said. “I really like it here (on the west coast). It’s hot, but it’s definitely not as hot as Alabama (this time of year) and that’s a good thing. It’s sure I miss home but it was a business decision I had to get out here and do what I had to do I knew I had what it took to play (at the highest level) football academic, but I had to show it to everyone. I’m not done yet.”
Wherever Franklin signs, he will have three years to play two starting in the fall of 2023.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on Franklin and update his news as it happens.