Another Strong DB Looks Towards the Tigers

This Georgia native is looking at several schools in the deep south, and he currently lists Clemson among his favorites. Teams like Florida State and Georgia Tech have already offered, and so have the Tigers. if things fall into place, he could be the next gem of the 2002 recruiting class.

Lilburn (GA) Parkview safety Jeff Francoeur has widely been considered one of the top football and baseball players in the country.

Jeff is 6-foot-4 and 207 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

The important thing about Francoeur, is that he wants to play both football and baseball in college, so he's looking for a school that has a strong tradition in both sports.

Look no further than Clemson University.

"I plan on playing both sports in college," he said. "I am really narrowing my list down to schools that excel at both sports," says Francoeur.

He currently lists Georgia Tech and Clemson as his two favorites, and obviously both schools have had strong football and baseball teams over the last few years.

He said he's already been offered to play both sports by Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Vanderbilt and that his choice of a college will "really come down to where I could play football quickly." In other words, this kid wants to get on the field and contribute immediately.

Jeff is also fully qualified with a 3.7 GPA and a 1060 on the SAT.

As an example of Jeff's mad baseball skills, he averaged a homerun every 5.6 at bats when his team attended a tournament this summer in Sarasota, Florida. That average included hitting an incredible 5 homeruns in doubleheader.

In football, as a junior last year at Parkview, he intercepted a state record 15 passes on defense and also caught 46 passes for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

In baseball, he batted .505 with 20 homeruns to his credit.

Both teams won state championships, and Francouer was the main reason why. He caught a 69-yard touchdown and had two interceptions in a 19-7 win over Harrison for the state football title, and had a three-homer, six-RBI effort in a sweep of Lowndes High School for the baseball title.

The bottom line is the kid is a winner and he loves football. He loves being the center of attention and excels under pressure. You can never have too many players like that on your roster.

Sources close to Francoeur seem to think he will stay in the deep south with his top 3 choices being Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, and Clemson, in no particular order.

I think we've got a great chance at landing this fine student-athlete, but we'll have to wait until February to know for sure.

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