The Gators starting QB has signed a $40,000 contract with the MLB’s Boston Red Sox ahead of the 5:00 PM deadline.
Florida Gators starting quarterback Feleipe Franks has signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox. The Sox drafted Franks in the the 31st round of the MLB Draft in June.
— Matt Baker (@MBakerTBTimes) July 12, 2019
Franks immediately made it known that he is not leaving UF to pursue a baseball career, but the Boston Globe has reported that the redshirt junior has expressed interest in exploring professional baseball in the future.
“I’m flattered the @RedSox picked me this afternoon. However, I’m living out my dream being the quarterback of the @FloridaGators. We’re all working extremely hard this offseason and I can’t wait to hit the field this fall.” – @18franks
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) June 5, 2019
Franks will be attending SEC Media Days with head coach Dan Mullen as well as RB Lamical Perine and DE Jabari Zuniga beginning Monday.
Franks is eligible to continue his football career at UF despite signing with the Red Sox similar to what Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray did in 2018.