On Tuesday (August 15) John Franklin III made it official by announcing on his Instagram page that he plans to take his athletic talent to Florida Atlantic University before the start of 2017 gridiron season where he will suit up for Lane Kiffin.
“John Franklin came to me expressing his desire for the chance to play more and get closer to home,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “He has made the decision to play elsewhere this season as a graduate transfer. John has been an outstanding young man during his time here and leaves Auburn with a degree. We wish John nothing but the best and thank him for his time at Auburn.”
Earlier this month, Franklin said transferring was “the last thing I wanted to do, to be honest.”
After graduating and being recognized by Malzahn prior to practice on Aug. 5, Franklin spoke to the media for the first time since Auburn’s 35-19 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
“I’m doing what I need to do for the betterment of myself as a player, and a man,” Franklin wrote on Instagram. “I’m coming home and looking forward to playing my last collegiate season at FAU under coach Lane Kiffin and excited to see what God has in store for me on this journey.”
Franklin also thanked coaches, players, fans and other members of his “Auburn family” in the Instagram post.
“Thank you for loving me and accepting me into the family,” Franklin wrote. “I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a player for this great university. In life, your happiness is all you have control over and I am making a personal decision to leave Auburn and go home and continue to make my dreams come true.”
Franklin came to Auburn as a quarterback from East Mississippi Community College but lost the quarterback competition to Sean White.
Franklin moved to wide receiver for his final season on the Plains but found himself lower on the depth chart behind talented young receivers.
Franklin completed 14 of his 26 career passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 430 yards on 46 carries and two scores.
He will play for the fourth school since 2013 in his final collegiate season.