Brailyn Franklin, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown/High School: Haymarket, VA/Battlefield
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
Recruited By: Brent Pry
Starz ‘n Sheetz
Rankings: 3-star on 247, Rivals, and Scout; NR on ESPN
Offers: Penn State, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Kansas, Marshall, Maryland, Old Dominion, Purdue, Syracuse, Temple
After playing his first two seasons of high school football in Texas, Franklin moved to Virginia just before his junior season. At Battlefield, he was put at defensive tackle, wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks and racking up 17 sacks in the eight games he played. He eventually received a Penn State offer in the middle of June, and since then, it was only a matter of time before Franklin made the call for the Nittany Lions.
Franklin is ranked as the 25th best prospect in Virginia and the 61st athlete in the country, according to 247Sports Composite. He becomes the 13th member of Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class, and he joins Dylan Rivers and Brelin Faison-Walden as the third linebacker in the class.
Franklin is an enigma of a prospect. He’s tall and lanky, but lined up almost exclusively as a defensive tackle (he played some cornerback, too), making him hard to project as a linebacker. What’s clear is that he’s a terrific athlete with the ideal measurables for the position. The questions is, does he have the instincts to play linebacker? That’s what separates the Navorro Bowman’s of the world from the Bani Gbadyu’s. Regardless, Franklin displays the ability to shed blockers and the closing speed you’d like to see from any position defensively so he might be worth the risk despite his unknowns.
Like Faison-Walden, Franklin will probably need a redshirt season to add more mass. He’s got a big, lanky frame to fill out, so a full year in the weight room should do wonders for the Virginia native.
Welcome to Penn State, Brailyn!