Will Francis join teammates on signing day?

Tallahassee Godby head coach Shelton Crews updates InsideTheVille.com on the status of of Cardinal commits Kareem Crowell and Frank Grimes, as well as the continued possibility of a scholarship for quarterback Emanuel Francis

Since the arrival of Bobby Petrino as Louisville's head coach, the Cardinals have found annual success in the Tallahassee area. This year is no different, as three – possibly four – new Cardinals will come out of the backyard of Florida State. Offensive lineman Ryan Kessling, who recently thwarted last minute interest from the Seminoles, and defensive tackles Kareem Crowell and Frank Grimes are all expected to sign Letters of Intent to Louisville on Wednesday.

Another possible Tallahassee signee is Godby High School quarterback Emanuel Francis. A teammate of Crowell and Grimes, Francis made an official visit with the Cardinal program a few weeks ago and hasn't been shy about his desire to play for Louisville.

"I talked about my grades with the head coach and what I need to do," he told InsideTheVille.com of his visit. "I'll probably commit to Louisville… and I'll sign on signing day."

However a flurry of recent commitments, including quarterback Tyler Wolfe, have left U of L with little room remaining and with hopes of landing Deantwan Whitehead and/or Brandon Heath still alive, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback is forced to play the waiting game.

"We will know something on signing day," explained Godby head coach Shelton Crews of a possible offer. "It all depends on who commits over the next couple of days. Some things have to happen for him to be able to sign with Louisville. He'd like to go to Louisville, but basically we are waiting on to see what happens with the decision of other kids. I feel pretty confident that this will work out."

Things continue to look better academically as well for Francis. According to Crews, Francis, as well as Crowell and Grimes, is on schedule to gaining his college eligibility.

"They all should be as long as they follow our plan for them," he said. "They have to pass the test still and they're close. They are no different than 80 % of the kids across the country. They are finishing up strong with their senior year."

On Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., Crowell, Grimes, possibly Francis and others - that are headed to schools such as Alabama and Clemson – will make it official when they sign their respective Letters of Intent at a ceremony held at Godby High School.


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