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Three-star OT Zachary Franks signs with Northwestern

Franks flipped from Penn State to Northwestern

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Quick Hits

POSITION: Offensive Tackle

HEIGHT: 6-foot-5

WEIGHT: 284 pounds

HOMETOWN: Baltimore, Maryland

HIGH SCHOOL: Gilman

247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8559

NATIONAL RANKING: 1101

POSITION RANKING: 95

STATE RANKING: 16

OTHER OFFERS: Penn State, Boston College, Duke

MORE: 247 Sports, HUDL, Twitter

Background

Franks originally committed to Penn State on August 2nd, before reopening his recruitment eight days later and committed to Northwestern later the same day. At the time, Franks had offers from Duke, Penn State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Rutgers among others, per 247.

At 6-foot-5 and 284 pounds, Franks brings in good size that could have a quick impact. In high school, Franks mostly played Left Tackle (per his HUDL tape). Size-wise, he is similar to many current players and looked dominant on his tape, bullying those who he faced off against. Franks exhibited significant growth between his junior and senior year, looking even more dominant in his senior tape (I put it below to give you all something to get excited over.)

Outlook

Franks is one of four offensive linemen in the recruiting class of 2019, yet is the one who could have the most immediate impact. Northwestern has lost three starting linemen due to graduation: left tackle Blake Hance, right guard Tommy Doles and left guard J.B. Butler. Franks should expect to walk into a very tough competition for playing time, yet due to the new redshirt rule, could receive playing time next season. There are a lot of questions surrounding Northwestern’s offensive line next season, and Franks’ size and strength should allow him to have compete for time, even though offensive line is a position that usually favors more experienced players in college.