"It was a perfect 10"

The LSU coaching staff has two of the nation's top safety prospects in its own backyard and one of them took his official visit to LSU this weekend when East St. John's Stefoin Francois (6-0, 195, 4.5) made the short trek over to the LSU campus.

"I had a wonderful time," said Stefoin Francois. "I had a great time."


The 4-star safety beat the rush hour traffic on the 45-minute drive up from Reserve and he gave us a breakdown of how things went.


"We got in Friday around 5 (p.m.) and we went and ate dinner and talked to a few coaches," he said. "We did everything on Saturday. We went and toured the school and hung out and talked to the coaches. We got a good look at all of the facilities and my parents especially liked that big academic center for the athletes."


Ricky Dixon was Francois' player host for the weekend and much of it was spent hanging out with Dixon and Jai Eugene.


Along with playing host to Francois, though, Dixon also played the role as campus guide to the 4-star safety's parents. They had some questions that they wanted answered and Francois said they got the answers they were looking for.


"They had a whole bunch of questions on our way up there but Ricky answered all of them so they didn't even have to ask the coaches many questions," Francois said. "All in all they really liked everything that they saw and they feel comfortable about everything now."


When Francois was not bonding with the players he and his parents were spending time with the coaches where they have a good idea of just how bad they wanted him.


Ever since he was named to the U.S. Army All-American roster, Francois has stated that he wanted to commit on national television during the contest. He said that the coaches told him how bad they wanted him but they understood if he wanted to take some trips.


So, is the nation's No. 4 ranked safety still thinking about announcing in San Antonio?


"I'm kind of backing off of that right now because I want to wait and take the rest of my official visits," he said. "I still might do it then but I don't want to rush into anything. Right now, I still want to visit Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State and Florida before I decide. I had a wonderful time at LSU and really enjoyed myself the whole weekend but I want to see some other places."


While he may not be ready to decide on his future, Francois said that this trip did push LSU into the front of the pack.


"They have always been one of my top schools but this pushed them to the front," he said.


When we asked what the highlight of the trip was and how he would rate it on a scale of 1-10, Francois laughed and said, "The whole trip was the highlight. Everything was great. On a scale of 1-10, it was a perfect 10."


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