Freak Enjoys UM/FSU

Miami Carol City defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois made the trip down to the Orange Bowl on Friday night to see a tremendous game between the Canes and Noles. "That was a great game," Jean-Francois said.

"FSU looked like they were gonna pull it out for a minute but that's why you can never count UM out. With a minute left, they still looked like they could pull it out. UM's defense was tight. When Frank Gore scored the final touchdown, I had no voice. I was screaming the whole time."

The following night, Jean-Francois was involved in a tight game himself, as Carol City won its season opener over Norland by the score of 17-13.

"It was like Miami/Florida State part two," he said. "We struggled some in the first half but then made adjustments. In the fourth quarter the people who needed to come up with big plays did. We're 1-0, that's what matters."

The talented defensive end finished the night with seven tackles, despite being run away from the entire night.

"They knew," he said. "They rolled the quarterback the opposite way the whole night. I was hoping Richard (Gordon) would play but he wasn't even dressed out. This is the first step in getting back to states."

The standout defender continues to be recruited as one of the top prospects in the entire state.

"I can't believe how many coaches have been calling," he said. "I figured the first day some of them might forget or something but I got so many calls right away."

Jean-Francois has heard about players getting calls at midnight on Sept 1.

"That's crazy," he said. "I know you may want me to play for your school or whatever but that's not cool calling that late."

The talented senior still favors the hometown Hurricanes over a host of others.

"UM's still right at the top," he said. "I really like Randy Shannon, the defense they run, and I think I can help them continue the tradition they have going there of great defensive linemen. I'm also still looking at people like Florida State, LSU, and NC State."

Jean-Francois, who has a UM offer, said when he makes his final decision he hopes to convince other top recruits to do the same.

"Whenever I commit, that's what I'm gonna do," he said. "I'll talk to other top recruits and try to get them to come with me, wherever that's at."

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