"My parents and I discussed it and felt that it was too good to pass up," Francis said. "This is an opportunity for my future so I called coach (Craig) Naivar and committed. I am going to call coach (David) Bailiff tonight."
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Francis claims that the Owls were his lone offer. He also was talking some to SMU as well. In the end, it was the academics and opportunity to get on the field that led to the early summer decision.
"Just the academics alone was enough for me to commit," Francis said. "It is one of the top programs in the nation and I feel that more doors will open for me after college, with a degree from Rice. But also the opportunity to play early and more is good also."
Francis is on campus today for the Owls football camp but will not participate due to a hamstring injury that isn't quite healed. "I'm doing rehab and physical therapy on it" Francis told Owl Digest. He finished last season with one interception and "averaged about five tackles a game."
Stay tuned to Owl Digest as we follow up with Francis for more in-depth information.