With national signing day just around the corner -- Wednesday -- let’s take a look at one of the most talented players in the 2010 class who has yet to receive a single offer to play college football.
James Franklin does it all, it’s as simple as that. The 6 foot 2 inch, 220-pound quarterback for Lake Dallas picked up slack for an injury-depleted running game last season by rushing for 1,134 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games. Oh, not to mention the fact that he completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,467 yards and 23 touchdowns, and he did it in District 5-4A, one of the tougher 4A districts around with the likes of Denton Ryan, Denton Guyer and Wichita Falls Rider.
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Franklin’s father, Willie, played receiver at Oklahoma in the early 1970s and one season with the Baltimore Colts. He is now a minister and a motivational speaker. James Franklin spent a few years in middle school with his family doing missionary work in New Guinea. He does as many as 1,000 push-ups a day. Sounds like a can’t-miss kid, right?
Maybe not. At least not yet.
While he was itching to attend Oklahoma like his father, he attended OU’s Junior Day and had a bad experience.
Now, he’s garnering interest from Texas A&M and Nebraska, though his head coach, Michael Young, would like to see him stick around the Metroplex.
"I was really hoping TCU would show some interest," Young said. "[Head coach] Gary Patterson was here on [Thursday] looking at [offensive tackle Daryl Williams], and I think [Franklin] would fit great there. They have a spot passing game like we do, and they run a lot of the same power and counter run packages that require their quarterbacks to run between the tackles."