Giovani Francois Looks to Impress this Summer

Defensive end Giovani Francois checks in at 6-2, 240-pounds from Bradenton (FL) Southeast and holds written offers from Florida International and Louisville with a verbal from Rutgers.

Giovani Francois updated FightinGators.com with the latest on his recruitment.

"I have visited South Florida, Central Florida, Florida State, and Florida. By far the best experience was at Florida and Florida State. At South Florida the whole coaching staff never once really acknowledged me and at Central Florida I only got to view the game and the experience for me was not what I expected. My first college football game to watch in person was at Florida State and it was absolutely great I got a picture with coach Bowden and we even got to chat a little. The atmosphere was breath-taking, partly because it was coach Bowden's last home game and the facilities are top notch and plus their mascot; Seminole is the same one at my school. Not to mention Peter Warrick went there and he graduated from my high school and it would be great to go to the same college as he did.

"I had fun at Florida. It was unforgettable. There were a couple thousand fans there just for a Friday Night Lights camp. Now that's what I call fan support and for me and the rest of the kids that were there the chance to run drills and compete against one another under the lights on the very same field as the Gators play on was a very humbling experience for me.

"There are a plethora of trips I have coming up being that I missed four games last season I feel as if that goes undocumented and that could be a reason for me being ranked a little less than I believe I should be. So that's why I'm going to shut my mouth and I'm going to go out to camps over the summer and show that I'm one of the top kids not just in this state but also in the nation. I'm going to be a very busy young man after spring."

One team is showing the most interest for his services.

"At this time the team that is showing me the most love right now is definitely Louisville with coach Strong and his staff. It was Notre Dame but they stopped recruiting me a while back I guess because of coaching changes but I guess that's good news for all the other schools in the country because had Notre Dame not stopped recruiting me I most likely would of committed already."

Francois on Florida.

"The Gators currently have two people there on their team that I know who are Kedrick Johnson and also Terron Sanders who played at my school. Both have nothing but good things to say about the school and they just got down watching the draft and it seems like the only people getting picked were Florida and Oklahoma players so that shows me that Florida really does prepare its players to excel at the next level. With that being my ultimate goal Florida is definitely a school that can prepare me for that and much more. I've been in The Swamp once and I want to be back again because the atmosphere of it is just astounding and the their facilities are all top-notch and then you have coach Meyer who is one of the best college coaches in the NCAA not to mention coach Dan McCarney who has coached some of the best."

Francois is looking to have a huge senior season.

"As for the outlook on my senior season I feel as if this can really be the year I blossom this off-season has been completely different for me and I've been training with this trainer name Paul Harris and working harder in the classroom and on the field than anybody right now and really have been putting my heart and soul into everything that I do and the past two seasons I was hurt so I'm going to see how I really stack up against competition after a full year of me playing. And it's not my team it's my coaches team but I feel like we all need to just stay focus and not put each other down and really be a brotherhood that come together and work towards one goal and that's winning state we have a pair of the best linebackers in the state with Terran Williams Desmond Blue and a cerebral quarterback in Dyron Speight not to mention the highly underrated wide receiver Boe Brand with these guys and the three studs we have for the 2012 class who are Brian Poole, Deangelo 'big DOG' Dawes and Kevin Williams I feel like if we come together and work hard winning state is just a no brainer."

Francois will be on a mission this season and beyond.

"As far as my overall strengths it's hard for me to say because I rather my game speak for itself but simply put I want to be the best and to be the best you have to win I feel that I have a non-stop high motor, along with the fast acceleration and lateral movement and definitely one of my strong points is that I have great technique and I'm a great pass rusher and a great run stopper and I am the most complete defensive coming out this year I can also play defensive end, defensive tackle, middle linebacker, outside linebacker or any position in the front seven I'm capable of playing and excelling at the best of my abilities and beyond. No one is starving more for a 3A state championship than me right now and I am highly motivated and I have an assassins mentality, I have tremendous awareness and I will do whatever it takes to get to the ball carrier and especially the quarterback. Another fact people may not know is that I was ranked 10th in the state in class 2A wrestling at one time earlier this year and I love the sport of wrestling And like I stated before I could play any position in the front seven but I think it would be a tremendous opportunity if I got to play defensive end on the college level and it think my height is actually an advantage over all the other 6-6, 6-5 DE's that play my position because in recent years the best pass rushers for college and the pros have been the shorter guys who are 6-2 and under like TCU's Jerry Hughes Elvis Dumervil and Dwight Freeney one of the things I need to improve on moving forward is my upper body strength, the mental aspects of the game and every other part of my game I will continue to work no matter how weak or strong it is. Because I want to perfect everything in my game. And I feel like I also have the quickest first step than anyone else who plays my position."

Francois reports an ACT score of 24 and GPA of 3.0


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