John Franklin III has the potential to have many people around the country say one word:
Franklin III, who enrolled at Auburn University in January, is a junior college transfer from Eastern Mississippi Community College. The 6’2” 185 quarterback is known not only for his arm strength but the ability to make numerous plays with his feet. He has even been clocked to run a 4.28 40-yard dash. When combining these two skill sets, it is no wonder why some Auburn fans would like Franklin III to be the starting quarterback this season.
— John Franklin III (@jf3_5) April 28, 2016
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native has been working out with former NCAA All-American Travis Shelton in preparation for the challenges that await him as he steps up to the Division-1 level.
“We always have a great camp with JF3 he is very mature and understands that his time is now and he has to be ready to be a leader for this Auburn team” stated Shelton. “We have been fine-tuning everything from pocket poise, pocket presence, sack-avoiding eyes down utilizing his special skill set to perfect the Auburn offense.”
“His biggest challenge is the man he looks at in the mirror every day and that is his competition and the person he must look deep into each and every play each and every day and I know he will do just that as we always say ‘Dare to Be Great.’ I do not have any doubts the sky is the limit for JF3. From JUCO to the SEC, the letters tell you the biggest difference one was to get to him where he needed to be the other is where he will put his name in stone, so that is the biggest difference, one was the steppingstone to the final destination!
The SEC is seen as one of the most challenging conferences in the country by many experts.
“The SEC is the speed conference high skill set high powered offenses, dynamic, explosive defenses, and marvelous playmakers on special teams” added Shelton. “It is a very electrifying conference to be a part of one of the best arguably the best conference for college football.”
While at EMCC Franklin put up impressive numbers in limited action. In nine games, Franklin III had 16 total touchdowns (seven passing and nine rushing). He also averaged 10.5 yards a carry running the ball.
Only time will tell if John Franklin III will follow in the footsteps of other standout JUCO quarterbacks that made the jump to power conference collegiate football such as Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers, but what we can say at this point is history tell us to keep an eye on the young man from Fort Lauderdale.