Francois is Taking It Easy This Summer

LSU in hot pursuit

Scout.com unveiled its initial ranking of the Top 100 players in America for 2007 and checking in as the No. 2 rated safety and No. 38 player overall was Reserve (La.) East St. John product Stefoin Francois.

Scout.com unveiled its initial ranking of the Top 100 players in America for 2007 and checking in as the No. 2  rated safety and No. 38 player overall was Reserve (La.) East St. John product Stefoin Francois.

 

Francois, a 6-2, 210-pounder with 4.5 speed, plays in the box for East St. John and all signs point towards him manning the strong safety spot at the next level.

 

As a junior, Francois logged 151 total tackles with five sacks and two interceptions in leading the Wildcats to a 12-2 record.

 

After that standout junior campaign, there have been a host of schools in hot pursuit of Francois and he reports offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas A&M, Florida and Florida State.

 

Many high school players will spend their summer traveling to numerous camps to hone their skills for the upcoming campaign but Francois has a different approach.

 

"I may go to one but it will be hard with my summer workout schedule," he said. "We work out at school then we have passing drills too. So, right now, that is the plan for this summer."

 

Francois is being recruited by LSU running backs coach Larry Porter and just last week the two spoke for a while.

 

"I called him up just to talk because we have gotten to know each other so well," said the five-star recruit. "We usually talk pretty often to catch up with one another and to see how things are going."

 

Francois said that Porter and LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory have not decided if he will play free or strong at the next level but the one thing that they both agree on is how bad they want the talented defender.

 

"They haven't said for sure but mostly they mention strong more," he said. "They really just say they want me period and tell me that I am the type of guy they want to build the defense around."

 

In earlier interviews with Tiger Rag, Francois mentioned that LSU was his leader.

 

This time around, though, he said that he is enjoying his summer and not putting much thought into the recruiting process.

 

"LSU is always going to be one of my top picks but right now I haven't thought about it lately," he said. "LSU is close to home and a bunch of my friends go there so they are always going to be up there. But for naming a top five or anything like that, I'm not really thinking about it right now. I'm just sitting back and taking it easy."

 

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