Louisville making impression on Francois

Bradenton (FL) Southeast defensive end Giovani Francois is one of the top defensive lineman in Florida. Louisville assistant Kenny Carter checked in on the 6-foot-2, 245-pound standout late last week and the Cardinals are one of Francois' early favorites.

Giovani Francois is drawing a lot of interest this spring. Francois, a promising 6'2, 245 defensive lineman from Bradenton, Florida, already holds a handful of offers and has seen a number of college coaches show up at his high schools spring practice.

"Things are going well for me this spring," Francois said. "Georgia, Louisville, Tennessee, FIU, Clemson, Iowa, Iowa State, there's a lot of them that have come down to see me this spring. I got a new offer from Western Kentucky last week."

At present, Francois has offers from Louisville, FIU and Western Kentucky, and holds a verbal offer from Rutgers. Louisville assistant Kenny Carter checked out Francois last Friday.

"We talk a lot," Francois said. "I call him every once and while and we talk about everything from football to off the field stuff. We have really good communication. I give him a call about once a week and I also get mail from him."

"He says Louisville has a real good medical school and they're on the brink of becoming a national title contender again," Francois added. "He said they have a great coaching staff and all they're taking is great players. He says they just need a few more pieces, especially on defense. He said with my ability I can come in and play as a freshman."

Louisville and Rutgers have emerged as two of Francois' leaders this spring. Though Francois has a hard time separating the two schools, his friendship with Louisville freshman wide receiver Damian Copeland could provide the Cardinals an edge in his recruitment.

"If I had to pick right now the schools that I would consider going to would be Rutgers, Louisville, Georgia and Western Kentucky," Francois said. "Rutgers is like Louisville. They're both up and coming. Both have top-notch academics. Both coaches are great. I have a friend at Louisville, Damian Copeland. That could play a part in my decision because if I go to Rutgers I won't know anyone. If I go to Louisville, I can talk to [Copeland] and he can help me out. But I wouldn't call that a major, big deal."

So what stands about Louisville?

"Louisville is up and coming," Francois said. "That really has sparked my interest. If you go to Florida or Texas you're just another name. Going to a school like Rutgers or Louisville that is coming up you can look back and take pride that you helped that school get back in the Top 10."

Francois received a note recently from Louisville coach Charlie Strong. "I got a letter from Coach Strong not too long ago," Francois said. "He was just telling me to keep up the good work. He said they would love to have me at Louisville."

Francois said he plans to hit the camp circuit hard this summer to boost his stock and get his name out on the recruiting trail. "I'm going to a lot of camps to get my name out there, probably at Georgia, Florida, Florida State," said Francois. "And Louisville is definitely a school I want to visit.

As for a decision, Francois isn't planning to make one this summer.

"I'm not going to make a decision any time soon," said Francois. "I think I'm going to wait until after the season. I want a college that has a lot of tradition and athletic facilities and a good coaching staff that can help me achieve my dream of making the NFL. I also want to go to a school that has a good medical school on campus. And I definitely want to play early."

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