"State is looking real good right now"

Pack Pride catches up with 5-star DE Ricky Jean-Francois.

One of the most highly regarded prospects still on the NC State recruiting board is consensus all-american and five-star DE Ricky Jean-Francois (6-3, 245 pounds, 4.6-seconds in the 40) from Carol City High School in Miami, Fla.

The Wolfpack has stayed on Francois throughout his senior season and that persistence seems to be paying dividends as colleges enter the heart of the recruiting season.

Francois talked about the Wolfpack recently with Pack Pride.

"State is looking real good right now," he said. "They've been giving me a lot of interest and staying in touch with me all the time. They're always checking on me to see how my grades are doing and they want me to make sure I have everything in order so when signing day comes there won't be any problems. Right now, I'm looking at them with great interest."

Academics have been a concern but Francois has been working diligently to get his grades up. Miami has long been considered the team to beat but it's uncertain as to whether the Canes will ever actually offer a scholarship based on their number's crunch and Francois' uncertain situation in the classroom.

Whatever the case, Francois said he hasn't formulated a solid favorite's list just yet.

"I don't really have a top three or top five right now," he said. "But I'm also looking at LSU and Florida State. Coach Fisher from LSU came to see me at the house and the NC State coaches are coming next Monday. I'll be making an official visit to State on Jan. 24."

In one game this year against American High School, Francois registered an amazing 6.5 sacks. He is currently rated as the No. 42 player in the nation regardless of position.

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