Staying Close to Home?

Stefoin Francois didn't make it to any camps this summer, but he was able to pack on an extra 10 pounds to his already impressive 6'2" 200-pound body. "I really didn't have time to do any camps this summer," said Francois. "Between working out with the team and working my job, I just couldn't do it."

Last year, as a safety for East St. John, the 5-star safety recorded 151 tackles, 67 of which were solo. He also had five sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.


Francois said the most important criteria for him choosing a school will be early playing time.


"Really I don't want to wait," said Francois, who sports a 4.5 time in the 40 yard-dash. "I'll play free safety, strong safety or whatever. I just want to get out there."


Of his 15 offers, the nation's No. 2 rated safety said he has narrowed it down to LSU, Florida, Florida State, Texas and Alabama.


Although he says that no one stands out more than the other, Francois said they all share a common thread.


"All of them treat you like family," said Francois. "They all have great football programs and they are always competing for a national title."


Family is something Francois said LSU has done a good job of treating him like as well.


"I talked with coach Porter about a week ago," said Francois. "He was real nice and just told me that he wanted me to play for them and was checking on me and my family."


Francois said he hasn't made any official visits, but plans on taking them after the season.


"I'm not going to do it during the season," said Francois. "I'm going to wait until the end and make my decision. Right now, I'm still looking and considering my options."


Francois said one of the things he likes about LSU is its proximity to his home and that could end up being the clincher for the Tigers.


"I like LSU because it's my home school and I know they program has really done well over the past few years," said Francois. "It's close to home and the coaches are real cool. The academics are great, too. Whenever you can play for a national title and stay close to your family that is pretty tough to pass up."


Francois has set high goals for himself for next season.


"I want to win district and then get into the playoffs and win state," said Francois. "Personally I want to make it to the Army All-American game. I'm very confident that I can do that."


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