Written By: N.M. State Athletic Dept.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – NM State head football coach DeWayne Walker announced late Monday afternoon that wide receiver Austin Franklin has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Aggies beginning in the 2011 season.
Franklin (6-2, 175) was a standout wide receiver, defensive back and punt returner for Justin F. Kimball High School in Dallas, Texas. As a senior, Franklin caught 36 passes for 803 yards and seven touchdowns. He also threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns at the quarterback position, while rushing for 278 yards and six touchdowns. On special teams, Franklin returned one punt for a touchdown on the year. Defensively, he had 48 tackles and four pass breakups, along with two forced fumbles. Franklin helped the Knights to a 9-3 season in 2010. The Knights were the district champions, the bi-district champions, but lost in the second round of the state playoffs. Franklin made first team all-district at wide receiver. He was the only player on the team that played both offense and defense. Franklin was a starter for the Knights for three years.
Franklin is the 20th signee in the 2011 signing class for the Aggies.