For the second time in as many days, the Texas Longhorns have presented an offer to an elite 2021 California wide receiver, and this time around, the invitation was extended to the very best prospect the Golden State has to offer, as Menlo Park (Calif.) Menlo-Antherton product Troy Franklin announced an offer from Tom Herman’s program on Tuesday.
“It’s very exciting and humbling,” Franklin told BON of his Texas offer. “I know Texas is a good school academically and sports wise so it was very cool.”
Franklin’s offer makes him the second 2021 California wide receiver prospect to earn an offer from the Horns, as Texas also offered Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco product Beaux Collins on Monday.
An elite-level talent currently dubbed as the top prospect in California and the No. 9 recruit nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, Franklin’s Texas offer pushes his total to 15, as the Longhorns join Alabama, Miami, Oregon, Tennessee, USC, and Nebraska in pursuit of the best wide receiver prospect the 2021 class has to offer.
247Sports Brandon Huffman detailed what it is that makes Franklin such a prized prospect:
“Franklin has good top-end speed but it’s his burst and explosiveness at the line of scrimmage that make him a difficult cover. He’s still raw when it comes to running routes, but consistently gets open and gets behind the secondary for big gains. He’s also a very good return man and cover corner with tremendous ball skills. He’s suffered from poor quarterback play on his team, and that should improve at the next level. Projects as an immediate Power 5 starter and future first-round NFL draft choice.”
As a junior, Franklin hauled in 25 receptions for 531 yards — an average of 21.2 yards per catch — and 12 touchdowns, and added another 236 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries. A two-way talent, Franklin also found the ball carrier for 10 tackles to complement a pair of interceptions and another pair of pass breakups.
A 6’2, 170-pound prospect, Franklin becomes just the eighth wide receiver in his class to add a Texas offer to his list, and only the second from outside of the state lines. As the No. 1 prospect at his position, Franklin is currently the most highly-ranked of the group.