Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is transferring to Arkansas for his final year of eligibility after spending three seasons as quarterback with the Florida Gators.
The 6-foot-6-inch, 238-pound senior made his decision after an official visit to Fayetteville last weekend. Franks made his announcement Monday night on Instagram with the caption “New Beginnings.” Franks was also considering Kansas and UCF as possible transfer destinations.
Franks said what appealed to him about Arkansas was how genuine everybody is.
“I think that’s something that’s really good and something you don’t get much of nowadays,” he said.
As a Gator, Franks completed 367 of his 622 pass attempts (59%) for 4,953 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. On the run, he rushed 189 times for 438 yards and eight touchdowns with an average of 2.1 yards per carry.
Franks was injured in the third game of the season last fall on Sept. 14 against the Kentucky Wildcats. He was required to have season-ending ankle surgery. Before getting hurt, Franks completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts for 174 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
The Gators went on to go 11-2 (6-2 SEC) under junior Kyle Trask at quarterback and won the Capital One Orange bowl against the Virginia Cavaliers, 36-28.
Franks will now compete with soon-to-be sophomores KJ Jefferson and John Stephen Jones and senior Jack Lindsey for the starting role as Arkansas’s quarterback. Franks will be coached by new Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles, who most recently coached at Florida’s rival school, Florida State.
As a graduate transfer, 2020 will be Franks’s final year of eligibility. Franks was a four-star recruit out of Crawfordville (Fla.) in 2016 and played at Wakulla High School.
After Chad Morris was fired by Arkansas in November, Arkansas moved down to No. 119 out of 130 FBS programs in recruiting. Since Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman’s hiring, the Razorbacks have moved up to No. 48 in the nation, according to 247Sports.
Franks is the second player to announce his transfer to Arkansas, joining cornerback Jerry Jacobs of Arkansas State.