Troy Franklin, a 6’2 170-pound wide receiver from Menlo-Atherton in Silicon Valley, CA, is the most sought after recruit in the Bay Area's class of 2021.
As a freshman on varsity, Franklin had no trouble stacking corners in cover 3, and didn’t shy away from the middle of the field (as many younger varsity receivers tend to do). Franklin demonstrated ability to use downfield blocking, adding an exciting level to his game during his time as a sophomore wildcat quarterback for the Menlo-Atherton Bears. He’s a go up and get it-type of receiver, with one cut and crib-it speed.
Franklin plays with noticeable aggression which, along with blazing speed, have deservedly led a bevy of big-time programs to extend their hand in the hopes of Franklin choosing them. The Ducks of Oregon, Tide of Alabama, and Tennessee Volunteers are just a few schools that have offered Franklin full rides, and as his brand continues to grow following the release of his crisp junior highlight tape. Surely more will come.
Some of his best plays have come in moments where his contribution was needed the most. Franklin was the one who answered the call when Menlo-Atherton needed six to send them into overtime his junior season’s final game against eventual Central Coast Section champion Wilcox. Even against double coverage, a Troy Franklin fade was the right call.
In his sophomore season, Franklin lit up both the CIF semi-final and CIF State Championship games with over 180 total yards and three total touchdowns and 50 yards and one touchdown, respectively.
His game reminds me of University of Colorado's Lavishka Shenault Jr. He uses precise routes to get open, with minimal wasted movement to take full advantage of his straight-line speed and like Shenault, he's big enough for QB's to feel confident when throwing up 50-50 balls. With the right coaching, Franklin may find himself contributing early and often in his collegiate career due to his diverse skill set.
Franklin is already playing like a college-level receiver, and with some added weight to his envious frame, he's very capable of being the No. 1 receiver on any Power-5 team in the country.