you'll be as impressed as we were with him.
DA STING: We know that your summer was hectic between football and Team USA for baseball. How did you balance all that?
Jeff Francoeur: " It was a very productive summer although it was very busy. I regret not being able to spend more time with my friends, but representing my country for TEAM USA and playing in Cuba was something I'll never forget."
DA STING: Did you get a chance to visit any football camps this summer?
Jeff Francoeur: "No I was to busy and didn't get a chance to visit any camps. But I did get to go to Georgia Tech for they're two a days and visit the Coaching Staff and watch them practice."
DA STING: How did like Georgia Tech?
Jeff Francoeur: "I really like Tech it's definitely one of my favorites right now, and one of my good buddies ( FS Jeremy Muyres) plays on the team. So we got to eat lunch together and hang out inbetween practices. It's just a real nice place, and they're expanding their football stadium and building a new baseball stadium as well, so it's going to be really nice over there."
DA STING: Who are your top five right now?
Jeff Francoeur: "Georgia Tech, Clemson, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Georgia round out my top five right now."
DA STING: I noticed you didn't name any BIG TEN schools in your top five.
Jeff Francoeur: "Well Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State are recruiting me the hardest but I'm not sure how interested I'd be because they're not that strong in baseball."
DA STING: How much are you weighing the baseball in your decision?
Jeff Francoeur: "I want to go to a place where both programs are doing well nationally. It's important to me to compete against the best at every level, so I want a school that will meet that challenge."
DA STING: What are some of the other things you look for in a program?
Jeff Francoeur: "Alot of it is what kind of academics they have and I have to like the campus. Also my parents want me to look at it from the standpoint of if I was not playing baseball and football would I still want to be there and go to college. You never know when the good Lord will take it away from you, so I want to be at a place for all the right reasons. That's why I want to wait and take all my visits first before I make a decision."
DA STING: Do you know what you want to major in once you go to college?
Jeff Francoeur: " I'm really looking at a major in Business Management, but I don't know what I want to do with it yet I'm still doing research."
DA STING: What type of goals have you set for yourself for your Senior year after having such a great year as a Junior?
Jeff Francoeur: " One of my main goals is to be able to provide leadership. Last year our're Senior class did a great job of leading, and even though I was a good player I didn't have to step up and lead all the time. This year I want to lead not from a "gotta make a play standpoint", but from a I'm here in the trenches with you standpoint. That's why I didn't go to some baseball showcases in early August because I wanted to go through two a days with them so they would know I'm there for them. We really have a close knit team that interacts with each other alot and that's what's so great about it."
DA STING: What are some other things you're involved in with school?
Jeff Francoeur: " Well I've been on the Honor Roll every semester since my freshman year, and I'm on our High School newspaper staff and I write articles for that. I'm also involved in Young Life which is a Christian group that meets every Monday night. I've been a Christian now for about 7 or 8 years, but Young Life taught me how to be greatful for everything I have. So many people ask me do I get tired of the phone ringing, but I don't mind because I know their are a hundred other guys out there that would love to be in my position."
DA STING: What advice would you give a player that had alot of ability, but underachieves?
Jeff Francoeur: " I would say the good Lord gave you alot of ability and you have to use it. That's how I see myself with talent that was given to me, and I have to play to the best of my ability. Guys that do that are successful and strive through hard work to achieve things."