Despite late pushes from SEC and ACC schools, Florida State commitment John Franklin is finished…
Franklin has something to think about
For Florida State commitment John Franklin a vision of Tennessee included cows and country roads, but after 48 hours in Knoxville he discovered something much different. Leaving McGhee Tyson Airport on Sunday evening, Franklin was definitely given something to think about by head coach Butch Jones and company. "It was better than I expected," Franklin said. "I think it was something that I needed to see because without seeing it I probably wouldn't have felt that way. It was eye opening for me. "I knew about the roster, but just seeing the facilities and seeing the town — because not only do you have to play football there, you have to live there. I am kind of a city boy so I had to find out for myself if I could actually live here. I thought it was country coming in, but when I left it was like metropolitan. It is just what I need. It was kind of southern and real chill." A three-star prospect according to FOX Sports NEXT, Franklin found some definite appeal in the fact that Tennessee only has two quarterbacks on the roster after the departure of junior Tyler Bray for the NFL. "On the roster right now they have two scholarship quarterbacks so the opportunity to come in and play right away is greater than most," he said. "That should work into my advantage given that they need a dual-threat quarterback to do what they want to do. Me being that and them not having that should be an advantage for me. On top of the gushing opportunities in Knoxville, Franklin was blown away by the amount of facilities at the disposal of players in the orange and white — most of all, Neyland Stadium. "The stadium was ridiculous," Franklin said. "I don't think there are any NFL stadiums that are that big. It caught me by surprise. I couldn't even take a picture of it. I had to video record it. That is how big it was. That and the indoor practice facility is crazy." The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder claims 4.45 40-yard dash speed and will visit Florida State next weekend with his family before weighing his options. "Putting that type of opportunity on the table you really have to think about it," he said. "Once I leave Florida State I will have more knowledge of where I want to go because who wouldn't want to play right away you know? If I have a better opportunity at one place I have to do what is best for my career." The South Plantation (Fla.) High School prospect just felt an energy around Jones' program that spiked his interest, which was something he never foresaw. "The family atmosphere around the school in general, not just the football team," he said. "Everyone in Tennessee is really close together and you can tell the center of attention is the football team. That was pretty cool and coach Jones, the vision that he has for the program, you can sense the energy that is put towards the school that there is going to be a turn around really soon." Jones and offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian will visit with Franklin and his family in their home the week of Jan. 18. Stay tuned for more Tennessee football recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.com.
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