With national signing day now behind us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.
Vitals: Dual-threat quarterback John Franklin (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.
Committed: Nov. 1, 2012.
ESPN.com grade: 75, three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 27 quarterback prospect, No. 425 player in the Southeast region and the No. 156 prospect in the state of Florida.
Chose Florida State over: Tennessee.
State of the position:EJ Manuel, a two-year starter at Florida State, is moving on to the NFL. Behind him is a group of young, but talented, quarterbacks that are relatively untested. This spring is set up to have a heated battle between Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker and Jameis Winston. Trickett has far and away the most experience of the three, but the other two are projected to have a higher ceiling. All three will enter spring on level footing.
ESPN.com scouting report: Franklin is an outstanding run/pass threat; flashes the ability to be effective completing short/medium throws off a three step drop and full sprint action. Has the size and athleticism for the quarterback position however there is the need to add bulk to his frame while also improving arm strength. This prospect operates from under center and with his back to the line effectively; does a very good job rolling and sprinting to the corner; is a smooth ball handler, capable of freezing defenders with his faking skill. This is a guy you don't want to let outside and threatens the edge with his playing speed; shows the elusiveness needed to make defenders miss and "take it to the house". Will need to polish footwork when throwing off the three step drop; must learn to step into throws while improving his ability to put the ball in tight spots with more zip; flashes the ability to get the ball out of his hand quickly with a ¾ throwing motion. Does a very nice job seeing half the field when pushing the corner; can throw back inside while displaying medium/deep touch to the outside; his running skill coupled with his ability to locate receives downfield when on the move creates game changing plays. Some time to polish footwork while improving his throwing technique will be necessary prior to competing for starting time at the BCS level of play.
Expected impact: It's hard to see around a redshirt for Franklin unless he changes positions. Even then, it might take him an extra year to learn at wide receiver or defensive back. The one thing that he has going for him regardless is his athleticism. At 6-foot-1, he reminds a lot of people of Xavier Rhodes frame coming out of high school. Perhaps he could have a similar career at one of the skill positions?