October 21, 2008
Franklin keeping recruitment wide open
Lake Dallas junior James Franklin was moved from receiver to quarterback four games into his freshman season and promptly won the starting job on the freshman team despite never having played the position before.
Last season as a sophomore on varsity, Franklin became the backup quarterback and went in during the first half on every third series in order to gain some experience. Now, after becoming the unquestioned starter, he's on the verge of leading the Falcons to one of their most memorable seasons in school history.
Franklin has rushed for 831 yards and 15 touchdowns while passing for 1,880 yards and 17 touchdowns through seven games. He's also completing nearly 70-percent of his passes and is averaging 10 yards per attempt. Most importantly, Lake Dallas is averaging nearly 45 points per game in its 6-1 start, and Franklin is doing whatever it takes to win ballgames.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Franklin is gaining interest from Florida, LSU, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Stanford, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oklahom, Texas A&M and Texas.
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