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Texas offers Alief Taylor CB Benjie Franklin

The reported offer is only the second to an in-state cornerback.

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The stream of offers from the Texas Longhorns slowed down over the weekend, but Horns247 reports that another one went out on Tuesday to Alief Taylor cornerback Benjie Franklin.

The 6'0, 175-pounder is a little bit under the radar at this point -- he doesn't have a picture on his 247Sports profile and either doesn't have a Twitter account or has a Twitter account that no one knows about.

Rated as a consensus three-star prospect, Franklin is ranked as the No. 412 recruit overall, the No. 48 cornerback, and the No. 60 prospect in the state of Texas.

And Franklin's offer list is a bit more prominent than his social media presence, as he holds offers from Baylor, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

Despite the fact that Franklin isn't in the state's top 50 prospects, the offer makes sense because there simply aren't a lot of high-level cornerbacks available in the state. The top Texas cornerback in 2016, Sachse's Jared Mayden, holds an offer from Texas but is an Oklahoma legacy not currently considering the Horns. The No. 2 cornerback is Travon Fuller from Athens, and he's committed to Texas A&M. Then there's Allen's Jaylon Jones, considered an Aggie lean at a school that hasn't sent any prospects to Austin recently.

So landing an elite cornerback in the state doesn't look likely, forcing Texas to evaluate and offer prospects like Franklin.

Since he hasn't attended any of the Nike events held in the state over the last several years, there aren't any reliable testing numbers for the Alief Taylor product, though his Hudl page lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.40.

Given his listed weight, he's still pretty thin, but that doesn't stop him from showing the physicality that head coach Charlie Strong wants in run support, coming up aggressively to make tackles. In fact, the first three plays on his highlights are all in run support. A later play shows him beating a block to blow up a perimeter screen pass and make a tackle.

When the highlights move to pass coverage, Franklin jams an opponent at the line of scrimmage near the goal line, flips to run with the wide receiver, then quickly gets his head around to find the football and make a leaping interception, providing impressive evidence of his upside.

Many cornerbacks struggle to find and track the football in the air, but that doesn't seem to be an issue for Franklin, who also spends some time at wide receiver for Taylor -- another interception comes on a similar play, except the second leaping interception on film is perhaps more impressive in terms of his elevation.

Another bonus with Franklin? He returns kickoffs, and while he's probably not dynamic enough there to make an instant impact or perhaps even earn that role in college, he does show off speed that looks to be in the 4.5s. And it's always nice to see high-level wide receivers or cornerbacks hold down those roles on their high school teams.

Based on the current rankings, Franklin wouldn't be a sexy take at this time for Texas, but with few elite in-state cornerbacks, landing the Taylor cover man looks like it would be a solid result for the Longhorns based on his film.

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