Fabian Franklin visited Tennessee for the first time last week, and the elite 2018 tailback came away extremely impressed.
The 4-star recruit from Hattiesburg (Miss.) High had “a tremendous time,” according to his head coach Tony Vance.
“He really enjoyed it,” Vance said.
“That visit for him catapulted Tennessee if not the top of his list, right at the top of his list. He really likes Tennessee right now.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound prospect is the nation’s fifth ranked running back in the class of 2018.
After tallying 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, Franklin received offers from Tennessee, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss and Michigan. Coaches across the country are salivating over Franklin’s ability to run through contact for explosive plays.
“That’s the biggest thing about Fabian that all college coaches really like. He breaks tackles,” Vance said.
“He’s a physical running back and he’s got a lot stronger and faster this offseason.”
On Thursday, Franklin watched as his Tiger teammate Jordan Murphy, a 2017 receiver, committed to Tennessee, but the rising junior is in no hurry to rush his recruitment.
The Top-100 prospect continues to develop a bond with UT tailback coach Robert Gillespie, a Hattiesburg High legend.
Franklin has “a great work ethic and a lot of God-given talent,” Vance said, adding, “Fabian definitely has an opportunity to be amongst the elite running backs in the nation next year. But Fabian understands he has work to do, too.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com