ORLANDO, Fla. — Feleipe Franks’ high school career ended Friday, and the next level is already on his mind.
The 4-star quarterback from Crawfordville (Fla.) Wakulla will enroll early at Florida next month, and he’s not shy about wanting to make an immediate impact for the Gators.
“I’m going there to start,” Franks said. “That’s my mindset. I’m not going there with intentions not to start. I’m going there preparing to start.
“If it doesn’t happen, that’s the coaches’ decision… I’m definitely going to go there with an open mind and I’m playing my hardest every play.”
His future coaches, Florida’s Jim McElwain and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, were on hand to watch Franks in Friday’s Class 5A state championship game.
“Outside factors really don’t matter to me when I step on the field and play,” Franks said. “I’m playing for my team. I’m not trying to impress anybody. I’m playing my game. Unfortunately, we came up short. But for them to be here, that’s excellent.”
Franks’ team fell to Orlando Bishop Moore, 37-34. He completed 12 of 18 passes for two touchdowns and 179 yards, including a 48-yard bomb in the fourth quarter to set up the go-ahead score for Wakulla.
But the Hornets responded with a touchdown drive on the ensuring series, going up by three points with a minute left. Franks, who is also Wakulla’s kicker and punter, marched his offense into field goal range, but his 50-yard attempt was wide left on the game’s last play.
Franks returns to Gainesville this weekend for his official visit to Florida.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” he said. “It’ll be fun to get down there on an official (visit) where I can get around and see a little bit more things, meet more people and get to know the players a little bit better.”
“Jacob Eason, I’m not really going to comment on that,” Franks said. “I’ve already made my final decision.”