Fabian Franklin originally wanted to commit in the springtime.
He held off. Largely, because he didn’t hold an offer yet from his dream school: LSU.
LSU GM Austin Thomas visited Franklin — twice, actually — in May during the NCAA’s Evaluation Period, including the Hattiesburg (Miss.) High School spring game.
No offer was ever allotted.
Franklin, a 3-star running back and a top-20 prospect at his position in the 2018 class, gave a verbal commitment to another SEC West team on Wednesday. That was Mississippi State.
He also offered a comment on the offer that never came through from the Tigers.
“It haunted me bad that they didn’t [offer],” Franklin told SEC Country.
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Mississippi tailback will play his college football in his home state.
LSU never offered and instead holds commitments from two tailbacks in the 2018 recruiting class: Florida 3-star Chris Curry and Alabama athlete Tae Provens.
Franklin never shied away from naming LSU as his leading school. He did so on multiple occasions, but also provided the caveat that he would come up with an alternate plan if the Tigers never offered.
On Wednesday, Franklin followed his Plan B and gave a verbal pledge to the Bulldogs.
Why didn’t LSU offer? Franklin was in the process of improving his ACT score. His high school coach, Tony Vance, told SEC Country in May that he had good grades in the core classes and was working hard toward getting a higher ACT score. Franklin took the ACT at the end of June.
Franklin remained in touch with Thomas, but never made a visit to LSU. The staff had hoped Franklin would camp there last month.
LSU holds two commitments from running backs in the 2018 class and is still in the hunt to add a third. The staff will continue to monitor Franklin, but seemingly is looking for a different third option to round out this haul.