Emanuel Francis is back on track

Tallahassee Godby quarterback Emanuel Francis is close to overcoming an academic hurdle which may lead to a weekend offer

It's been a lot of hard work, both on the field and off, for Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby quarterback Emanuel Francis to reach a point where colleges have started to take a strong look at as a possibility for their program.

"The thing with Emanuel is that he wasn't in a position to make himself available to colleges," said Godby head coach Shelton Crews about Francis' academic standing. "He's gone from having less then a 50% chance of making it, to where is about 85% of the way there. He has completely flip-flopped his grades and he is just a couple points away with his test. He's back on track and has made himself marketable again."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound mobile quarterback has proven that he's capable of becoming a Divsion I quarterback. As a senior, Francis threw for more then 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for an additional 400 plus yards.

"His speed is very deceiving," said Crews. "He's able to run when the pocket breaks down, but he likes to stand there and throw it."

Louisville offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has been keeping tabs on the quarterback throughout the recruiting process, which included a stop by his school on Tuesday.

"Paul Petrino came in yesterday," Crews said. "He took some new video back with him to show his brother."

This weekend U of L head coach Bobby Petrino will have the opportunity to visit with Francis during his official visit with the Cardinals program.

"He's going to go up to Louisville this weekend for a visit," his coach continued. "They haven't offered yet, but we'll see what happens during his visit. He might also take a visit to Arkansas State on the last weekend."

Also a standout on the hardwood, Francis is a starter for the ninth-ranked Godby team.

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