Washington football is firmly in the mix for the country’s two top wide receivers, can Junior Adams land them both?
Washington football has done an amazing job to land some of the country’s top receivers over the last few seasons, and 2021 could be the best of the bunch. Per 247 Sports, Emeka Egbuka and Troy Franklin are rated as the country’s top two wide receivers, and if the two teamed up in purple and gold, along with the weapons already on the roster, the Huskies are going to have one of the best wide receiver rooms in the country.
The importance of Egbuka has been stressed enough, and as the title states, this is a profile on Franklin. Out of Menlo-Atherton High School in Northern California, it looks as if the battle for his services is going to come down to Washington and Oregon.
There are a few things that are worthy of noting when it comes to the recruiting process, during every game of his junior season, Franklin wore a pair of purple and gold Washington gloves. He also plays with Ford Sports Performance’s 7on7 team, which is quarterbacked by five-star quarterback and Husky commit Sam Huard. It also doesn’t hurt that his high school teammates Noa Ngalu and Daniel Heimuli are both on the UW roster as well.
So what makes Franklin such a highly rated prospect? Let’s go to the tape. He’s a crisp route runner with outstanding athletic traits. Check out His offense utilizes him in any way they can just to get the ball in his hands, and he displays breakaway speed that’s very similar to 2019 commit Jalen McMillan. He routinely takes quick shuttle passes to the end zone, and his speed allows him to get there untouched.
If you only watch one play of his film, check out his stop and go route at 1:03 from his junior film. You’ll see an incredibly advanced route runner at the high school level who has the ability to come in and contribute right away at any major college program.
Another impressive thing about Franklin’s film is his ability to run block. Washington likes to utilize a power run scheme, and having receivers that can seal the edge is key, and Franklin fits that perfectly.
Now it’s time for Junior Adams to reel him in. He closed Puka Nacua in 2019, and was able to get two elite prospects committed early in 2020 in McMillan and Odunze. Now it’s time for his biggest test.