Louisville one of Francois' favorites

Giovani Francois picked up his second Big East offer this week. The 6-2, 235-pound defensive lineman from Bradenton (FL) Southeast already had an offer from Rutgers and received another offer from Louisville on Monday. What does the rush end think about the Cardinals?

Louisville offered Giovani Francois, a defensive lineman from Bradenton, Fla., a scholarship this week. A 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end, Francois made 79 tackles, 8.5 sacks and forced four fumbles while earning first team All-State honors as a junior.

"I got it through the mail two days ago," Francois said about Louisville's offer. "I talked to Coach Strong through email and he told me they'd love to have me. It means a lot to me. They have guys there that I played against, Damian Copeland, from Palmetto. I talk to Damian a lot and he told me Louisville is a great place. The offer means a lot to me. I'm really going to consider going there."

Francois said he called Copeland, a redshirt freshman wide receiver for the Cardinals, shortly after receiving the offer from Louisville. Copeland signed with the previous coaching staff but gave Francois positive feedback on Charlie Strong's coaching staff.

Two Big East schools standout on Giovani Francois' list.
"As soon as I got the offer I called him and told him all about the offer," Francois said. "Everything he said about the school was positive. He said since Coach Strong came in it's a whole different attitude in the whole program."

Francois now hold offers from Louisville, Rutgers and FIU. He says the two Big East programs standout on his list presently.

"Probably the top two are Louisville and Rutgers," said Francois. "Both of them are up and coming. Both of them have good coaching staffs and are going places. I've talked to the defensive line coach at Rutgers and he's a good guy and I'm going to talk to the coach at Louisville. I like the coaches. That's one thing that stands out about both teams."

Francois will visit another Big East program this month and could get another offer during that visit.

"I'm going to USF's Junior Day and it looks like they're going to offer me when I visit there," said Francois. "I'm going to a lot of camps and combines this summer and get as much exposure as possible."

There's some debate about where Francois projects at the next level. Some college coaches envision him coming off the end, while others believe he could grow into an interior lineman down the road. Francois prefers defensive end, where he can rush quarterbacks with more freedom.

"Some see me as an end some see me as a tweener," Francois said. "I play end, tackle and tight end in high school. I prefer end. Everybody these days wants a 6'6 defensive end. People look at my height and say I should move to defensive tackle or linebacker. Look at Dwight Freeney and Elvis Dumervil and they're both short. Nobody in the country has a faster first step than I do. I can go faster forward than an offensive tackle can backpedal."

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