Defensive End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 247
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
High School: Battlefield HS (Va.) / Penn State
Experience: Transfer


Franklin's Stats: Career | 20192018

Sam Houston
2018 Season
Played in 11 games for the Kats on the defensive line and on special teams … finished season with 34 tackles, 3.5 TFL and 1.0 sacks … also had one fumble recovery … had season-high nine stops in season finale vs Houston Baptist (11/17), along with 1.0 TFL … had five tackles and 1.5 TFL in season opener vs Prairie View (9/8) … also had a sack vs Prairie View … had four stops and a fumble recovery at Nicholls (9/22) to go with four tackles … also had four tackles against Abilene Christian (11/10).

Penn State
2017 Season 

Took a redshirt

Battlefield HS (Va.) / Arlington Bowie HS (Texas) 
Two-year letterman for head coach Jared Van Acker at Battlefield High School in Virginia ... won a varsity letter as a sophomore at Arlington Bowie High School ... the Bobcats went 9-3 and won the Cedar Run Conference 8 Championship in 2015 ... named first-team All-State by USA Today and VHSL as a senior ... selected second-team All-State by VHSCA as a junior ... earned All-Met honors from the Washington Post in 2016 ... was a two-time first-team All-NOVA Region selection in 2015 and 2016 ... named 2016 Cedar Run Conference 8 Player of the Year ... claimed all-conference first team accolades in junior and senior seasons ... selected as the Battlefield High School Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior ... inducted into the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame in 2016 ... tallied 42 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two blocked kicks and four forced fumbles as a senior ... had a touchdown as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, linebacker, defensive lineman, kick returner and punt returner in 2016 ... recorded 32 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and three pass deflections as a junior ... rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets -- 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ranked No. 57 at outside linebacker and No. 24 prospect in Virginia by Rivals ... ranked as the No. 67 outside linebacker and No. 29 prospect in Virginia by ESPN ... ranked as the No. 71 athlete and No. 26 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports ... ranked No. 52 at outside linebacker overall, No. 8 in the East and No. 2 in Virginia by Scout ... was a three-time letterwinner in track & field ... participated in wrestling and cross country ... won the Principal’s Award in 2015 ... was a Math Award nominee in 2016.

Son of LaTamra Sells and Angelic and Broderick Franklin ... has one brother, Desmond Davis, and three sisters, Keran Franklin, Kynnedi Franklin and Kai Franklin ... would like to become a sports psychologist after a career in the NFL ... would also like to host football camps and give back to the community.

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