Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feleipe Franks' name is a very familiar one among LSU circles as many fans and coaches expected the highly recruited quarterback to come to Baton Rouge and give the Tigers the elite QB they were missing for so many years.

The Crawfordville, FL native was committed to LSU for 18-months but pulled his verbal pledge in November of 2015 when Les Miles' job was in jeopardy.

Miles was eventually fired four games into the 2016 season, his 12th with the school and recently revealed to The Advocate that negative recruiting by Florida head coach Jim McElwain is the reason why Franks flipped to the Gators.

Miles also added that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva always "talking with the press," didn't help the situation either.
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“Somebody calls you and says, ‘Listen, I just got the head coaching job at Florida. I want you to come be my quarterback, and I’m not going to be fired,’” Miles said. “‘That Miles guy, he’s going to be fired. Handwriting is on the wall.’”

The instability of his job wasn’t the only reason Franks yanked his verbal pledge, Miles said. The hiring of McElwain, an offensive-minded coach, and the firing of Will Muschamp, who has a defensive background, helped too.

“They could paint a stable position, and I really … as soon as they got rid of Muschamp and went with McElwain, there was an offensive guy,” Miles said. “(The Franks family) felt like it was going to be different, and there was always a dark cloud hanging over my head as long as (athletic director) Joe Alleva was going to talk to the press.” Read more.
Franks has played in all four of Florida's games this year, passing for 557 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He will start at QB on Saturday vs. LSU, replacing QB Luke Del Rio who suffered a season-ending injury vs. Vanderbilt.
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68 Comments
Why is being honest "negative" recruiting?
Reply2 months
Florida is abbreviated "Fla." following a city or town. It's proper Associated Press Style. Fix it. It's embarrassing.
Reply2 months
Get a life moron!
2 months
Miles would have ruined Feleipe Franks.
Reply2 months
Looks Flipper Franks is ruined with his skill set.
2 months
That doesn’t sound especially “negative”. Jim’s just kind of stating a fact. Even Les said the (hand)writing was on the wall.
Reply2 months
damn even Les calling out AD
Reply2 months
Apparently he was right
Reply2 months
Les underperformed his talent, but he also did many good things in Baton Rouge. If he can get Alleva fired though, it will be the best thing he has done for LSU outside the 2007 National Championship.
Reply2 months
lol well FF's thinking was right Les. You did in fact get fired.
Reply2 months
frick Alleva. He’s a total POS.
Reply2 months
If Frank really going to go to LSU because Miles was an offensive genius, then he and his parents were retards.
Reply2 months
It probably had more to do with Les being an extremely successful coach and honorable man, but do you.
2 months
Imagine that… Joe Alleva needs to shut the frick up. Whoda thunk it
Reply2 months
Alleva sucks so hard
Reply2 months
Also, never ever let a recruit tell you not to recruit someone who plays their position. Thats nuts.
Reply2 months
I hope we knock him down so much he wanders over to the Tiger sideline. Screw the gumps too
Reply2 months
I say fire Alleva and hire Les as AD
Reply2 months
You know, that’s not a bad idea.
2 months
Would we be able to get rid of his buyout? Could kill 2 birds with 1 stone
2 months
Hey it worked for Skip. And Les really loves LSU.
2 months
I wonder if Miles would've done better had Alleva not been the director?
Reply2 months
uh, wasn't McElwain correct? Besides, Franks isn't good, so the Gators can have him.
Reply2 months
Give me Brennan/Etling all day over franks...
2 months
OK. Am I the only one noticing Franks' fricked up grip on the football? WTF?
Reply2 months
what's up with that?
2 months
I give you 20 Felipe Franks and 20 Fornettes for 20 Michael Brockers
Reply2 months
If you are going to go that far, why not just go all the way and say 20 Dorseys.
2 months
Negative recruiting is gonna plague LSU for years with the fans we got. It destroyed Miles after 1/9 and poor Ed will never be given the chance to rebuild the program.
Reply2 months
I have to agree that our fans are more of a liability than anything else...damn shame...
2 months
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