Up Next: A Decision
What's the scoop? "There is no leader," Torin Francis told BlueChipHoops. "I haven't really even been thinking about it. I haven't narrowed it down and am still processing the information."
What this means is that Francis is still considering Boston College, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Florida, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Maryland. "My mom and I are talking about all the visits and the schools. Maybe in the next few weeks I'll have a decision. I don't want to prolong it but I don't want to rush it."
Clearly, Francis would like to decide sooner than later. Right now, he doesn't have any in-home visits planned or scheduled. He would likely have to conduct those visits away from home on Tabor's campus if he did because school would be in session at the time. But, and it's a big but, he may not need to do any in-homes. "I might already be done [with the decision] by then. I'm not ruling it out. Not as of right now."
Many wonder why Francis would spend his own dollar to make so many visits, especially since he can start taking official visits once his high school classes begin early next month. "There wasn't really a sense of urgency. With the officials you only get five of them. I took like nine unofficials. I wanted to have an equal opportunity to look at the schools. I just wanted to get it over with a little earlier."
The 6-10 prospect also understands that schools are recruiting other players at his position and he wants to make sure he makes a decision on his own terms. "I know some of the schools have one scholarship left and if one of those other guys takes it, it's like if I commit, they can't go and if they commit, I can't go." With that said, Francis would like to be able to hold his own fate in his hands and make a decision independent of what else is going on with other prospects. For that reason, we can surmise that he'll likely make up his mind in the near future.
"That's why I don't want to prolong it too much. If someone commits, I don't want to take my second or third choice."
With over 100 commitments, the recruiting process around the country is steam rolling on. However, the big men have yet to jump on the bandwagon and guys like Francis, Shelden Williams and Shavlik Randolph hold the keys that can unlock the future recruiting classes at a number of schools and don't think they don't know that. "One of the schools sent my this thing, and you were the one who wrote it. It was talking about the top recruiting classes and the guys who haven't committed. It's a lot of us who haven't committed and a lot of us big men that haven't committed."
Francis' AAU team, BABC, was a hard luck runner-up to Team Texas at the Peach Jam and Super Showcase, a fact that doesn't sit too well with Torin. "We lost to Texas twice in the championship and in the nationals we were all tired. This was my last summer playing AAU and I really wanted to win one of those championships."
Francis may not have won a title this summer, but the schools presently on his recruiting list sure hope he decides to come chase more titles at their respective programs. It sounds like Ed McMahon is going to be ringing someone's doorbell in the next few weeks.