The 12th commitment to the University of Wisconsin 2018 recruiting class won’t be playing the same positions he’s occupied as a prep football player.
Oscar A. Carlson (Gibraltar, Michigan) two-way player Jaylan Franklin picked UW over Michigan State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt on Monday. He also had offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Minnesota, Syracuse and others.
Franklin, who was recruited as a tight end, played quarterback and linebacker for Carlson the past two seasons. He had 964 yards passing and 779 yards rushing. On defense, he had 89 tackles and nine sacks. He also lined up at wide receiver and defensive end.
While UW tight ends coach Mickey Turner had an impact on Franklin, selling him on being a college tight end while some schools saw him at different positions, inside linebackers coach Bob Bostad was a big part of Franklin’s recruitment due to Bostad recruiting the three-star prospect last year at Northern Illinois.
“I chose Wisconsin because it was the best fit for me,” said Franklin, who is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds. “I felt like I was at home there. The people are great, the culture is great, but the football is the greatest. I have a chance to play pretty soon and fill a big spot of Troy Fumagalli and that’s what I intend to do. I loved everything about Wisconsin.”
UW originally recruited Franklin as an outside linebacker and changed the offer to tight end in the spring.