Yesterday, TCU lost their lone running back commitment in Ta’Zhawn Henry. Today, TCU has added the commitment of four star running back Fabian Franklin out of Hattiesburg, MS. It just goes to show you how quickly the winds of recruiting can ebb and flow.
Confirmed with Hattiesburg HC Tony Vance, Fabian Franklin has decommitted from Mississippi State and is committed to TCU.
— Annie Costabile (@AnnieCostabile) December 11, 2017
THE FRANKLIN FILE
Franklin is the 20th commitment for TCU’s 2018 class, and is their lone running back commit. Franklin is ranked as the second best player in the state of Mississippi, and the top ranked running back in the state. With Franklin’s commitment TCU’s class continues to be ranked third in the Big 12, and is now ranked 16th nationally for 2018. Franklin is the lone commit in this class from the state of Mississippi. With the aforementioned decommitment of Henry, this is a huge commit for TCU, as running back has been one of their biggest needs for the 2018 cycle.
Franklin switches to TCU after having been committed to Mississippi State since July. Franklin picked TCU over others offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. LSU also showed interest, but never extended an offer. TCU’s running backs coach Curtis Luper was the lead recruiter for Franklin, and its no surprise that he was able to secure the commitment of Franklin. Not only is Luper considered one of the best recruiters in the country, but Luper is very familiar with recruiting Mississippi after having been an assistant at Auburn from 2009-2012.
In Franklin, the Horned Frogs are getting one of the toughest runners in the 2018 class. Franklin is already hovering around 210 pounds, and excels at running through arm tackles. It usually takes more than one tackler to bring him down, and it is rare that he goes down on first contact.
Franklin also does a great job at falling forward. It might seem like a small thing, but being able to pick up an extra yard or two each run really starts to add up over the course of a game.
Franklin isn’t a burner though, and if there was one area that I think he could improve on it would be straight line speed. He has good lateral quickness, but would definitely benefit from improving his overall speed.
Overall though, this is a home run for TCU. Franklin is a high quality prospect at a position of need, and stands an above average chance of seeing playing time as early as next year.