Central's Phillip Francis favors Cards

Local prospect Phillip Francis of Louisville Central was among the dozens of visitors at Louisville's Junior Day and he left wanting to become a Cardinal.

Louisville Central prospect Phillip Francis has visited the Cardinals program before, attending multiple games last season, but his experience at Junior Day has the 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker ready to join the red and black.

"It was unbelievable," he said.

During his time on campus last Saturday, Francis learned more about the educational opportunities at U of L and possibility of earning a scholarship offer from the Cardinal coaching staff.

"I really believe in Louisville's system and their coaching staff," said Francis. "They are very respectable. It felt like all the coaches really care about their players and that education comes first no matter what."

"The part that I really liked it that you will get a degree if you play for their football program."

Francis, who is projected to play safety on the college level, visited with U of L defensive coordinator Vance Beford to discuss a scholarship.

"I had a little discussion about that with Coach Bedford and he wants to evaluate some more film of me to see how I'm doing."

"They are recruiting me as a strong safety. He told me that there are only so many spots that they'll give out for safties and I feel pretty good that I could earn one of those spots from them."

Currently, Louisville and Western Kentucky are expressing the most interest in Francis, but others are soon to follow, as LSU, Mississippi State and Ohio State are among the others beginning to take notice.

However, following his Junior Day experience, Louisville has risen to the top.

"I feel like I could become a Cardinal pretty soon."

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