Feleipe' Franks commits to Florida after decommitment from LSU

Just one night after being held to zero offensive points against in-state rival Florida State, the Florida Gators landed a commitment from the No. 4 pocket passer in the ESPN 300, Feleipe' Franks.

The No. 59 player overall in the ESPN 300, Franks had been committed to LSU for more than a year, but with questions surrounding the future of Tigers coach Les Miles, Franks backed off that pledge less than a week ago. The Gators continued to pursue the 6-foot-6, 219-pound quarterback from Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Florida, and the persistence finally paid off.

Franks decided to commit to the Gators after visiting Florida this weekend, his third trip to Gainesville in a month.

Florida failed to sign a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class, and until this point, the Gators' only other quarterback commit, Kyle Trask, is considered a project because of his lack of experience on the high school level.

The Gators' need for a quarterback multiplied after starter Will Grier was suspended for one calendar year Oct. 12, due to his taking a substance banned by the NCAA. Treon Harris took over as the starter, and despite Florida going 4-2 with Harris at the helm, the Gators' offense regressed and scored only nine points against Vanderbilt, 20 against Florida Atlantic and two from a safety against Florida State.

As a senior, Franks has thrown for 2,347 yards with 30 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He led Wakulla to the state semifinals.

For Florida, the four-star quarterback becomes the 26th commitment and third offensive commitment of the day. Florida also landed ESPN JC 50 wide receiver Dre Massey and three-star offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor earlier Sunday. The Gators now have seven commits ranked in the ESPN 300 or ESPN JC 50.