Big Time Safety Likes Tigers

This Louisiana standout talks recruiting and why he's hoping to get an offer from Auburn.

Reserve, La.--Safety Stefoin Francois (6-2, 210, 4.5) denies a leader but said he favors Florida State (offer), LSU (offer), Texas (offer), Auburn and Tennessee. The Scout.com four-star prospect claims to also have offers from Clemson, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Nebraska.

"I just got my offer from Florida State last week," said Francois, of East Saint John High School. "Coach (Mark) McHale came to see me and told me I had the offer. He said he liked how I'm so aggressive. I really like the coaching staff. FSU is a football powerhouse and I think I could fit well in their defense. They are really fast and aggressive. I haven't been there yet, but I'm planning on taking a visit soon.

"LSU is the local favorite. They were my second offer. I got the offer when I went to their junior day. I'm really familiar with the campus and facilities since I live about an hour away. It's really cool there. I like their style of defense and the coaches say I could see some early play time there. They keep telling me they want to keep me in-state, using the whole hometown angle. They were my top pick…but I don't know, it might be too close to home for me now.

"I really like Texas too," he said. "I got my offer about a month ago. They said they were really impressed with my film. I haven't talked with them much, but I really want to get down there for a visit. They are the national champs…who wouldn't want to play for them? The team is loaded with talent and a lot of them go to the NFL."

Childhood favorites Auburn and Tennessee haven't offered but are still strong favorites Francois said. "I've always liked the underdogs. Growing up around here, everybody's big LSU fans so I went the other way. I've always pictured myself playing at Auburn when I was a kid. I've been getting a lot of mail from them, but no offer yet. I hope I get one soon. If they offer, I'd definitely take it seriously.

"Tennessee is the same way," Francois said. "They've always been the underdog around here. I really like their defense. With a couple more good players, they will be a powerhouse. I'm getting a lot of mail from them. I really think an offer is coming just because they keep telling me how much they like me and how they want me to come up there for a visit. If I do get an offer, they would go high up on my list.

Francois said his biggest strength is his aggressiveness. "I'm very fast and never quit on the field. I play every game like it's the national championship game. I want to get a little better on my coverage skills and reading routes a little better."

Final junior (12-2) stats: 151 tackles/61 solos/five sacks/two interceptions/two fumble recoveries

Bench: 270/squat: 390

Francois reports a 3.0 core GPA and is awaiting April SAT results.


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