Up today in Georgia Tech football early signee profile, we look at the Jackets’ top offensive line recruit of the 2021 recruiting class, Jesup, Georgia native Weston Franklin.
The Georgia Tech football program’s top offensive line signee in the 2021 recruiting cycle is one of the Peach State’s top guards in Jesup native and Wayne County standout Weston Franklin. Franklin, a three-star composite recruit per 247Sports’s composite ratings.
The Wayne County offensive guard received 15 reported scholarships throughout his recruitment with a mixture of Power Five and Group of Five programs. Other notable offers that he received during his recruitment include Arizona, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. It’s safe to say he’s a pretty good recruiting win for the Jackets considering his offer list. It is worth noting that Franklin also spent time at the famous IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He, however, left IMG prior to his senior season.
His Future on The Flats:
As an early enrollee, Franklin is in a unique position to be able to be an offensive lineman who sees playing time as a true freshman. Already possessing tremendous size at 6-foot-4 and 310-pounds, enrolling early will allow Franklin to work with the strength and conditioning program more and more importantly, get important work in with Brent Key in spring workouts.
As of right now, I would say that Franklin could compete for early playing time this season. As of right now, Ryan Johnson has announced his return to The Flats for one more season but Jack DeFoor has not announced any decision. For the sake of the article, here, let’s assume that DeFoor does not return. If DeFoor does not return, the Jackets have six other players that were guards before arriving on The Flats including Miss St transfer Nick Pendley. Pendley, on paper, is the likely favorite to grab the starting guard spot though Franklin among the other guards will certainly fight for the spot. The Yellow Jackets, have shown the willingness to start a true freshman on the offensive line as they started Jordan Williams this past season.
That being said, long term, Franklin should be a multi-year starter for the Yellow Jackets and an anchor on the offensive line.