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2018 Early Signing Period: TE Jaylan Franklin signs with Wisconsin

A look at a talented Michigan standout coming to Madison.

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Class of 2018 TE Jaylan Franklin

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
TE 6'4 192 Brownstown, Mich. (Oscar A. Carlson) Three stars, No. 55 ATH

One of the five Michigan prep standouts to sign with the Wisconsin Badgers for the class of 2018, Brownstown, Mich. (Oscar A. Carlson) recruit Jaylan Franklin is an intriguing prospect.

Now listed at 6’5 and 210 pounds and at tight end, he will change over from being a force at quarterback and outside linebacker. With what he showed on the high school field, it will bear watching how he develops over time under the guise of offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and tight ends coach Mickey Turner.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: .08668; No. 672 player overall in the country. No. 55 ATH; No. 17 player in MI

247Sports: Three stars; Grade 87; No. 560 player; No. 44 ATH; No. 13 MI

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 78; No. 48 Position (ATH); No. 49 Regional; No. 12 State

Rivals: Three stars; 5.6 Grade; No. N/A National; No. 19 State; No. 45 Position (ATH)

Verbally committed on July 16, 2017

Franklin was the third of the five Michigan-based players, behind Reggie Pearson and Michael Furtney, to verbally commit to the Badgers for this class. He was also part of a flurry of student-athletes to proclaim their commitment to UW during the summer in one of the more incredible runs the program has had in securing future contributors.

Most recently, he visited Madison a couple of weekends ago, along with most of the rest of the class of 2018.

From our article on Franklin’s commitment back in June:

Franklin’s junior highlights showcase a multi-faceted athlete playing both outside linebacker and quarterback. He has the frame to play out on the edge and displayed the speed to cause distress in the offensive backfield. On the opposite side of the ball, he can make plays through the air and on the run.

According to Rivals, Franklin held offers from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northwestern, Kentucky, Pitt, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, among several others.

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Bio (courtesy of

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … honorable mention all-state as a senior … named to the all-state West Team as a senior … named all-region and all-district as a sophomore, junior and senior … recorded 1,504 passing yards, 888 rushing yards, 145 receiving yards and 33 total touchdowns over three-year varsity career … on defense, logged 60 career tackles, 6.0 sacks, and 2 defensive touchdowns … as a senior, threw for 630 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing or 340 yards and 6 TDs … passed for 669 yards and 9 touchdowns while rushing for 394 yards and 4 TDs as a junior … had 205 passing yards, 145 receiving yards and 154 rushing yards as a sophomore, scoring 4 total TDs … two-year team captain… all-state in track and field as a junior, finishing seventh in 300-meter hurdles (39.44) … as a freshman, combined with brother Marvin D. Franklin to set school record in 4x400 relay … also lettered in baseball … coach was Jack Giarmo

Personal: Parents are Marvin L. Franklin and Pam Bracy-Franklin … father competed in track and field at Eastern Michigan from 1987-88 … mother played basketball, softball and tennis at Kentucky State from 1989-93 … brother Marvin D. Franklin plays football at Austin Peay