Ricky Jean-Francois Q&A

Miami Carol City defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois appears less and less likely to end up a Hurricane. We caught up with him for the latest on his college choice and his thoughts on some of the other top players he has seen this year.

Who has stood out during Dade/Broward All-Star practices?

Byrd from Central is tall and really fast. He's real surprising to me. Chris Barney is the best O-Lineman. The two cats from the West (Forston and King) are at end and they're hard to block because of their speed. This kid from Pace, #4 (Quinton Andrews) has been looking great. He has a linebacker's mentality in a safety's body. Nobody wants to go near him or go 1-on-1 with him. I don't know who's recruiting him but I definitely would be (me too, Ricky!).

What makes Barney good?

He lost a lot of weight. He's down to 315. I don't know how. I've been gaining weight with all the food I eat on these visits. If he keeps his weight down and stays light on his feet, he'll shut it all down. Ask your boy from California who was ranked No. 1 in the nation. You didn't hear a word from him. Barney shut it down.

What's the latest on your grades?

I'm still working on those. Still waiting on scores the last time we talked.

Where were you this last weekend?

I went to Tennessee. It was tight up there. Trooper (Taylor) is trying to get a bunch of us from down here. Tennessee's different. The city is built around the college. I'm not used to that. That's the biggest thing I'll have to get used to. Morley's going there. Kenny is going up there for his visit tomorrow. I was with Eugene Hayes most of the time and he committed on Saturday. They want me to come. I might but I just don't know right now. I don't know how I'll be able to adjust to the atmosphere there. Brent Schaeffer was my host. We just went out everywhere to different clubs and stuff like that. I've never played in a stadium like that before, I know that. Over 100,000 people for a college football game? I've never heard of anything like that before.

Anywhere the weekend before?

South Florida. It was tight. They got people like Courtney Denson. A bunch of the guys from Norland went this week. Randy Phillips was there too but he said he's going to Miami.

What do you think of Randy Phillips?

I think he's the most underrated defensive back in the nation. I haven't seen anyone better. I'm not surprised he won MVP last night. He's going to be in the league in a few years after he does his thing at UM.

What's up for this weekend?

Florida State has started recruiting me pretty hard. I'm going up there for a trip. Right now, it's between them and Tennessee at the top, although I'm still considering South Florida too.

Anyone on the 28th?

I got Florida scheduled but I don't think I'm gonna take it.

What happened to LSU, Auburn, and NC State?

When Nick Saban left LSU, I didn't really bother too much with them after that. Auburn stopped calling me. Doc Holliday left NC State and tried getting me to Florida but I ain't really thinking too much about that.

Anything new on Miami?


Kenny Phillips - Miami or Tennessee?

Everyone thinks he's going to UM but he's real interested in Tennessee. But in the end, I think he'll want to stay home.

What do you think of Antonio Dixon?

Yeah, he's real good. He's huge, like Sapp. He's real strong and when he gets under your pads, he's in there. He'll be back at UM in August. People are sleeping on him.

Antone Smith?

I think he might be the best player in the whole nation.

Miami or Auburn?

Well, Cadillac and the other dude at Auburn are gone so he could step right in. But Frank left UM and I think Twan could beat out Moss and those guys. I think he'll go to UM.

Thoughts on the Army All-American Game?

I just wish I could have been there. The kid who wore #1 in the CaliFlorida Game (DeSean Jackson) went off. He looked great out there.

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