Michigan’s courtship of 2015 IMG Academy (Fla.) four-star quarterback Deondre Francois is only in its infancy, but the Wolverines and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier made a quick impression, visiting Francois school on Monday.
“It was good,” Francois said. “I’ve never seen him before. Actually they hit me up on twitter before just to let me know and he watched me throw and saw a couple of my offensive linemen.
“They said I have quick feet in my drops, drop back really well from under center, and have a strong arm with a fluid motion and fluid mechanics. They like the way I throw the ball.”
Hearing from Michigan for just over a week at this point, Francois admits there’s still plenty he has to learn about Brady Hoke’s program up in Ann Arbor.
“I don’t know much about Michigan right now but I know Jeremy Gallon somewhat cause I watched some of this games,” Francois said. “But I know they’re a powerhouse and have great fans, and great offensive seasons they’ve had these past few years so, that’s all I know.”
Releasing a top five this spring including the likes of Florida, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, and Tennessee, Francois says he’s still in the early stages of his recruitment with plenty of room for movement at the top.
Francois already proved that by inserting Oregon into that top five following an offer from the Ducks, dropping the Gators just outside.
As far as the Wolverines are concerned, there’s room to move up on Francois’ list as well.
“Michigan has a great chance,” Francois said. “Every team has a great chance.
“My top five that was released, that was just going based off me but I haven’t taken any visits outside of the state of Florida so, those five schools, they can be out in a matter of minutes so I just have to take visits. I just based the top five off my head and what I’d seen the past few years from programs.”
Francois adding, “I mean I’m not committed to anybody. I’m really open right now.”
Francois is reflecting that same attitude with the visits he plans to take this summer noting, “Over the summer (I’ll visit) schools showing me the most love.”
All the way down in Florida, Francois also says distance from home won’t play a factor in his ultimate decision, looking more at the program overall and what the coaching staffs have to offer.
“I’m looking for a strong relationship with a coaching staff,” Francois said. “The family oriented program, a program with quarterbacks that have come out of it and a great atmosphere, great town, and that’s about it.”
On the field, at 6-foot-2, 185-pounds and possessing speed, Francois isn’t one constantly looking to showcase his fast feet on the edge, fancying himself as a precision passer first and foremost.
“As a quarterback I feel like I’m a game manager,” Francois said. “I like to play on the line and make plays but I don’t need the ball in my hands at all times. I’m not too flashy, no Johnny Manziel; I compare myself to Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers, those guys.
“I really just like to throw the ball. I’m really not a runner but when I do I run with authority and try to score. I can run but I want to throw it more. I’m more of a leader on the field and off the field (too).”