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HIGH SCHOOL
NCAA
EARLY ENROLLEE

TJ Franklin

Defensive Tackle
6′5″ / 276 lbs
Temple, TX
Temple
Class of 2019
Rating: 89
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National Avg
Rating: 85.0
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Interest
Offer
Official Visit
Baylor
Signed
Houston
None
Louisiana Lafayette
None
UTSA
None

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TJ Franklin Top 2019 D-Tackle
Magnolia West
Sophomore Year 2016

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19 days ago by Brian Ethridge
Predicting The Depth Chart: One Week Out
Predicting the first string on offense and defense for the season opener against Texas State
A look at the recruiting talent on Baylor's 2021 roster
28 days ago by Brian Ethridge
A look at the recruiting talent on Baylor's 2021 roster
Looking at the ranking structure across the class and positions
Brian Ethridge
5 mo ago by Brian Ethridge
Post Practice Takeaways 4/17: Defense
First of all, I have to preface that the defense is still missing three of the best players in Terrel Bernard, TJ Franklin, and Gabe Hall. Tyrone Brown was also missing and looks great without pads. Defensive LineSiaki Ika is a difference maker. One I have never seen in a Baylor uniform at this size. We can talk Billings, Tayler, Dotson, etc and none were 360+ moving like this with no stop and able to change direction like him. Just truly fun to watchChidi Ogbonnaya is much bigger and healthy. He's going to be able to give valuable minutes beside or behind Apu.Rob Saulin looks like he's not battling Covid and has put on great weight. The 5th year Senior gets off the ball well and at DE in this 3-4, he'll occupy blockers and get some pressure upfield as he did today.Jackson Shupp is a walk-on getting time with two other DL out and he holds his own and made plays. You love to see a guy like this with a motor that doesn't stop and anyone in front of him can't take a break.Brayden Utley was a walk-on until last year and he started out with the 1st and rotated with the 2s as well. At 6-1 270, he's a guy that is going to muddy up the outside, which allows LBs to run free.Garmon Randolph is so full of potential and he flashes it more now than he did in 2020. At 265, he still looks lean and like he could be 290 and be a taller James Franis/Julius Denton athlete. As a sophomore, his NFL potential will be something to watch. Joshua Landry ran at NT and LDE during the practice and I didn't really notice him during the practice, besides running with 1s and 2s.I don't remember seeing Ryan Miller Cole Maxwell has grown and he made one play that made me smile by flushing Zeno out of the pocket and into the arms of a JACK. Overall the defensive line is loaded. LOADED and there is no true dropoff and they can challenge the 2019 line in dominance, which brings us to the next position...LinebackersAgain, missing TB and Tyrone Brown, but deep with talent and speedJACKAshton Logan is noticeably bigger and knows his position. He's getting pushed by Victor Obi who, like Randolph, doesn't look his weight, but he's active and long. He swoops like a condor outside with his wingspanBryson Jackson looks like he's shot out of a cannon on pass rushing and flat ran past Galvin on one play. He had other flashes where it was great to see the Senior putting his foot down and going upfield in pursuit of the ball carrier or QBAnthony Anyanwu looks like an NFL LB in size and his first step is still explosive. He's a little behind Logan, Obi, and Jackson, but he's not needed this second or season, but he'll be readyWill Garner also looks good physically, but I don't remember him outside of warmupsILBDillon Doyle is more decisive and in so, his speed to the ball has improved. He seems to be everywhere and teaming him with Bernard and Pitre is going to be fun to watchSpeaking of Abram Smith, he overwhelms with speed and physicality, but I turned to Gary and Smoaky during practice and said, "I'm not so sure he shouldn't be at RB, but he definitely should be going both ways at this point to get him on the field."Matt Jones is also more decisive and stronger. He's gotten after the ball carrier with bad intentions at each of the last practices I've attended. Will Williams missed a read on an Abram Smith TD run, but he's going to be someone to watch with his speed on the fieldI don't remember seeing Hakeem Vance Brooks Miller laid the wood on Abram Smith and he got up a little woosy, but continued on. Abram got another 2-3 yards after contact, but it was violent.Tyrone Brown from WOS was out there with the 2s and didn't look lost and made a play or twoSTAR or whatever it is called now and other SafetiesJalen Pitre is Pitre. Enough saidJT Woods got a solid lick in run support and on RJ Sneed as he broke free on the sideline. He looks bigger and more confident in the systemChristian Morgan is also bigger and not blowing assignments as he did against a couple of teams in 2020. Solid and physicalLorando Johnson, Jr. was a CB and is now a safety and his athleticism there is noticeable. His interception on Shapen against Fleeks in the end zone was beautiful. He also supported well on running plays.I was looking for Devin Neal and Mike Harris, but don't remember seeing either, which is good and bad, I guessDevin Lemear and Jairon McVea are two more safeties I didn't notice. Again, they didn't screw up or make a play I rememberCornersNobody with throw on Raleigh Texada, just weird, but he's pressing, redirecting WRs in routes, and looks greatKalon Barnes does have the QBs testing him and he looks more natural in his backpedal and mirroringLoving the move of Alfahiym Walcott to CB. He's physical and can run. Looked good.AJ McCarty is always around the ball. He's a year away, IMO.I don't remember seeing Chateau Reed or Brandon White or Byron Hanspard Zeke Brown was in with the 3s and he got his first INT and start against OSU last yearMark Milton has improved his technique and footwork. He's going to be a serviceable #2, but Walcott is going to push himI can't say more about how impressed I am with this unit. Being on the field level with them is like being next to some NFL sized teams. Several sources told us they had really seen improvement under the new weight staff, but damn, it is noticeable from the distance we are asked to be at from them.
Football: Gains Since 2020 Season
6 mo ago by Brian Ethridge
Football: Gains Since 2020 Season
A view of the players with new weight gains since the Fall of 2020 and a few losses
The Gray Area: Commits takes on Baylor's biggest rivalry
11 mo ago by Grayson Grundhoefer
The Gray Area: Commits takes on Baylor's biggest rivalry
SicEm365 recruiting expert Grayson Grundhoefer keeps you up-to-date with his weekly column
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Career Stats

Season Sacks TFL T
2017
JR
3.0 2 19

Honors

Testing

6'5, 276

Shuttle

5.04

Vertical

23.0

Power Ball

30.5

Strengths

The most criticized commit I have seen on this board proved many people wrong. You don't find players with his size that can move as well as he does, it is very impressive. To go along with his feet he has has great strength which shows up all over his film. He overpowers players consistently and it allows him to create tons of havoc in the backfield. His senior film is such a huge step up from his junior film which is natural for someone his size that is still getting used to his body. He looks so much more comfortable and so much less clumsy. This allowed him to make a bunch of plays and get lots of sacks this year. I went to his first game of the year against Cedar Ridge and his last game of the year against Midway. He was good in both but there was still a ton of improvement made from the beginning of the season to the end. He was much more aggressive, he attacked the ball, his motor didn't shut down, he played way better at DE than he did in the first game, the game slowed down, and he wasn't a liability in the run game. He improved all of that within the course of a season which just shows the kind of potential and ceiling this kid has which might be his number one strength.

Weaknesses

He is around so many plays and then he somehow does not make some of them. This was really evident in his junior film but I still saw it some this season especially in the run game. It appears he has players in the backfield but he is just a step too late or his reaction is too slow. Currently he runs through defenders because he is simply bigger, he does not use many technical moves. I have seen him at camps and it is the same thing, he tries to run through or by people and it simply does not work. He could really use some work on his combination moves so that if his power fails he has technique to combat it. During games this year he got stood up multiple times by much smaller offensive lineman, he either got too high or he simply had no move to get away. That cannot happen often because when it did he was completely out of plays. The final thing I see with Franklin is his run defense is spotty. Too often he gets caught over running plays, missing tackles, not filling running lanes, and not flying to the ball in the run game.

How I see him fitting in at Baylor

I want him to for sure redshirt his first year on campus. I think his body could use it and it will also allow him to get the mental side of Phil Snow's defense which is clearly complex. After the redshirt year I suspect he will be thrown into the fire and be asked to play quite a few snaps in the defensive line rotation. He can play defensive tackle or defensive end in Baylor's defense and I think he will do well as long as he is given a little time to develop. He will be a major part of the rotation (in the two-deep) his RS-SO season.

SicEm365 Rating

87

Rating Explained

There is so much to like from an improvement standpoint. He has awesome senior film that shows him making plays all over the backfield. All the negative plays he forced jumped his rating up. His rating also has potential weighed in it. At 6'5, 276 pounds with his mobility the sky is the limit for what he can become while at Baylor. His lack of offers, testing athleticism, and camp performances keep him out of the four-star category.
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99-100: Elite national prospect (Five-star)

Considered one of the best prospects in the nation and a likely difference-maker at the collegiate level. Displays all of the physical skills to be a future All-American with potential to be an early-round NFL draft pick.

90-98: Elite state prospect (Four-star)

Considered one of the best 30-40 prospects in the state and a top 250 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to be a major early contributor at the collegiate level with high professional potential.

80-89: Quality prospect (Three-star)

Considered one of the best 100 prospects in the state and a top 500 national prospect. Displays the physical skills to develop into a contributor over the course of his college career. Has the ability to become a professional prospect over time with development.

70-79: Solid prospect (Two-star)

Considered one of the top 250 prospects in the state. Has the physical skills to be a potential contributor at a D-1 program over the course of his collegiate career with significant development. Professional potential is low.
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