Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin is widely regarded as one of the top recruiters in college football, and he showed Saturday he hasn’t lost his touch.
The Rebels have landed wide receiver Zakhari Franklin from the transfer portal. The former University of Texas-San Antonio star is a two-time All-Conference USA selection. Franklin reeled in 94 passes for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
Franklin announced his decision on his Twitter account.
— 💤 (@ZakhariFranklin) June 3, 2023
The 6-foot-1 Franklin has one season of eligibility remaining.
Kiffin and Ole Miss beat out some serious competition in recruiting Franklin. Other schools believed to be in the running for his services were LSU, Colorado and Florida State.
College football fans seemed to think it’s a good move for both Franklin and Ole Miss.
The missing 🧩 to the puzzle ‼️
— WAOM RECRUITING (@WAOMRecruiting) June 3, 2023
And just like that — Ole Miss has the best WR in the conference.
Yes, Zakhari Franklin is THAT good https://t.co/loM6nlu5WJ
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) June 3, 2023
With the addition of UTSA’s Zakhari Franklin, Ole Miss now has two of last year’s first-team All-Conference USA wideouts, joining Tre Harris (Louisiana Tech). Pretty good way to restock the room.
— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) June 3, 2023
Alabama had a desperate need of a Zakhari Franklin. https://t.co/inD3iByAhC
— Max Toscano (@maxtoscano1) June 3, 2023
Ole Miss offense is going to be disgusting
— Justin 🔥🏀 (ECF CHAMPS!)🇪🇸🇨🇺♋️ (@JustinColeF) June 3, 2023
expect him to go in the 2ish round
— Tyson Blanchard (@TysonBlanchard5) June 3, 2023