Big Month Ahead For Francois

Deondre Francois talks recruiting, The Opening, and making his decision this month

Bradenton, Fla.--July is set to be an exciting month for four-star quarterback and Auburn target Deondre Francois. Attending The Opening in Oregon to showcase his skills next week, Francois plans to make his decision at the end of July so he can concentrate on his senior season at IMG Academy.

One of the hotter names in the country at the quarterback position, Francois has seen his list change in the last few months with some schools dropping off and others coming on board. Getting closer to making his choice in just a few weeks, the talented signal-caller said it has been a great experience for him but he feels good about the schools on his list at the moment.

"A couple of months ago I was kind of on the fence with some of my schools," Francois said. "I had a top six of Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon, Florida State and Auburn. Now I have cut that down to Oregon, Auburn and Florida State. I'm also starting to like Notre Dame and Maryland."

With Auburn already on his short list, Francois made a visit to the Plains last month to spend time with Gus Malzahn, Rhett Lashlee and the rest of the coaching staff. It also gave him the opportunity to see old friends Tony Stevens and Dominic Walker and pick their brains about being Tigers.

Spending two days in Auburn getting a feel for things, Francois said there is plenty he likes about the Tigers especially the people and the way he was treated.

"It was big for me," Francois said. "I didn't really have a clue what Auburn was all about, but spending some time there with Tony and Dominic they let me know what it was about.

"They told me they loved it," he added of Auburn. "They said when they looked there coming out of high school it was just a feeling they got that made them commit. They said it's a football town and it's nothing but football. You work hard. They love it there."

Up next for Francois is a spot with many of the top prospects in the country at The Opening. Taking part in the skills competition of the Elite 11 Quarterback Challenge as well as the 7-on-7 and team portions later, he said it's an exciting time to see where he stacks up with guys from across the country.

"I'm looking forward to it a lot," Francois said. "It's a great experience going out there with some of the best players in the country. I just want to go out there and have fun, but also to get it over with so I can start getting ready for my season."

Before that happens he wants to get his recruiting done so his focus will be fully on winning games this fall. Wanting to make his choice at the end of the month Francois said he'll have certain things in mind he's looking for in a school when the time comes to pull the trigger.

"I'm looking for a great coaching staff and great assistant coaches," Francois said. "Most important to me is a stable coaching staff; one that will be there for a few more years. I want guys that know what they're doing with a program and had a great year the last couple of years."

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