2020 QB Michael Franklin (6-2, 180)
Eastside Catholic, WA
Stats: 2,007 Passing, 237 Rushing, 27 Total TD
13-1 2018 Washington 3A State Champions
We had the chance to catch up with elite 2020 QB Michael Franklin, who led the Eastside Catholic Crusaders to the Washington 3A State Championship last season and a national ranking. Franklin impressed us with his ability to spread the ball around and his ability to extend plays with his athleticism. Franklin has been working on his speed and his grades this off-season while preparing to lead one of the nation’s most exciting offenses as a senior.
The Crusaders offense boasts some of the top weapons in the country in WR Gee Scott Jr. (Ohio State Commit), RB Sam Adams (20+ D1 Offers), TE D.J. Rogers (#4 TE Nation 247sports.com), DT/TE J.T. Tuimoloau (#1 Overall 2021 247sports.com) and Gio Ursino (1000+ Total Yards). With all of the eyes on his skill players, Franklin has popped up on the recruiting radar himself. We asked Michael what it’s like being the distributor on an elite offense.
BPW: How did it feel to win a state championship? Is this something that you ever imagined as a kid?
Franklin: Winning a state championship felt better than I would have ever imagined. It has been a dream of mine ever since I watched my first state championship game back in 2011 while living in Oregon. Lake Oswego won that title.
BPW: Is it challenging being the QB on a team full of highly rated skill players, is there any pressure that comes with that?
Franklin: It’s actually the exact opposite of pressure, it’s very comforting knowing that I’ve got a team full of guys with so much talent because they are always there for me, which also makes me look good.
BPW: Favorite route to throw?
Franklin: On the goal line, a corner, but in the open field a post or comeback.
Watching Franklin win a state championship as a junior was special for me because I used to coach Michael and his young brother, Ryan Franklin (Skyline ATH 22′), in the Barton Football Academy and in small group QB+WR workouts. Congrats to the 2018 Crusaders.
Photo Credit: Bodine Photography