SUPER 11 & STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AS A JUNIOR

When you lead both your high school Football and Baseball teams to a State Championship and you're the State Player of the Year, as a Junior. What does the most heralded recruit from the Peach State do for an encore. Jeff Francoeur is a 6'4, 200 lb., 4.5 forty safety from Parkview High School in Gwinnett Georgia. He has offers from every school in the ACC, SEC and the BIG TEN for his services on Saturday's next year. Life is good for Francoeur as he shares his views on recruiting we know....

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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." 


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