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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Franklin wastes no time, commits to FSU

By Corey Dowlar

John Franklin (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) said he was going to make a decision soon. Well, he wasn't kidding.

Just 24 hours after learning of an offer from Florida State, Franklin decided to accept the invitation to join the class of 2013.

"When we started the recruiting process, he was pretty adamant that he wanted to be a quarterback," South Plantation head coach Doug Gatewood said. "Because of Alex [Collins], he doesn't have prolific numbers. Alex has 2,000 yards, John isn't going to throw for 2,000 yards. He doesn't have prolific numbers, but what John is, he's a no-brainer. He is 6-2, 170 pounds, he has a 4.0 GPA, 20 ACT, they aren't going to miss with him anywhere. He's not going to hurt the program. He will fit in athletically some place on your team."

If quarterback doesn't work out for Franklin in Tallahassee, there will be a spot for him, Gatewood said. He's too good of an athlete not to work out, but he will still get his shot under center.

"I don't have tape of him at wide receiver. So for a college to believe he can be a wide receiver, they have to take my word on it. But see, he's been to FSU's camp and he played wide receiver at their camp. They know firsthand what he can do at wide receiver. Even though I've seen what he can do, other colleges around America don't, besides Florida State. They have firsthand knowledge of what he can do at quarterback and wide receiver."

Now with Franklin in the fold, the attention swings to fellow South Plantation running back Alex Collins, arguably one of the top offensive prospects on the Seminoles' board right now. The idea of playing together in college is something Franklin and Collins have talked about previously.

"We'll have to see what is best for him and best for me, but we have always said that if we had the opportunity to play together, we would try to make it happen," Franklin said. We'll see. I wouldn't be surprised if it happens."

Florida State now has 17 commitments toward the Class of 2013.