In today’s episode of “As the quarterbacks turn,” two of the class of the Class of 2016 are involved in a unique soft shoe tap dance around each other and their respective futures.
Feleipe Franks was all bluster and excitement when he committed to Florida on Sunday, less than a week after backing out of his prior pledge to LSU. Less than 48 hours later, his mood seems to have changed thanks to a late scheduled visit to Gainesville by top-quarterback prospect Jacob Eason.
Eason, a longtime Georgia commit, appears to be suddenly considering all of his options in the aftermath of longtime Bulldogs coach Mark Richt’s firing. That includes Florida, and the Gators and coach Jim McElwain were Eason’s first stop on his recruiting tour.
That didn’t sit well with Franks, who pledged his future to the Gators and clearly felt that he was the program’s quarterback in waiting by doing so. When asked by SEC Country how he felt about Eason’s visit to Florida, Franks’ response was tersely laconic:
“Not good,” Franks told SEC Country.
As it is, LSU has hardly given up on its one-time pledge, with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Les Miles visiting Franks for an in-home session on Tuesday night. The timing of Eason’s trip to Florida certainly makes that interview more intriguing, particularly given Miles’ sudden job security. And no matter how the two dance around their collegiate futures, the interactions between Franks and Eason are likely to get a bit more awkward before they become steady; both will be competing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in early January.