Francis Back to Full Speed

There was plenty of good news for Rice this past weekend as the Owls pulled off an opening night victory over SMU on ESPN. Simultaneously, one of the Owls' prized commits enjoyed a win in similar fashion. Ahmard Vital had a quick chat with Fort Bend Hightower defensive back Alex Francis after a Week 0 win in this Owl Digest feature...

During spring training, Fort Bend Hightower defensive back Alex Francis was out of commission due to a hamstring injury. But judging his play in the 35-21 victory over Aldine Eisenhower Friday night, it appears that he is back in "full effect".

Francis was mobile and set the tone early when he broke up a pass and got a fumble recovery in the first half.

"I felt very comfortable in my backpedal. I am back to full speed and I think everything went great," Francis said. "I still felt like my play was a little shaky. I know I went against some big-time players and they make a lot of plays so overall I think I did a good job."

The "big-time players" Francis is referring to was Oklahoma commit Jaz Reynolds and Greg Timmons, who gave a verbal to Texas. While he was mostly lined up on Reynolds, he also got his fare share of facing off with Greg Timmons. It's clear that Francis "plays bigger" than his listed height of 5'9".

But Francis made sure he was prepared for each of them.

"I just did a little extra running because I knew they (Eisenhower) had fast receivers. And I also studied extra film," Francis, who finished the night with three pass break ups, about four tackles, and a fumble recovery he said.

Francis said that he keeps in touch with the Rice coaches on a regular basis. And ironic enough, both Rice and Hightower opened the season up the same night.

The result of both games made him excited.

"I was happy with us winning our game this week," Francis said. "Coach (Craig) Naivar is my recruiting coach and he and I keep in touch a lot. He just tells me to keep working hard, going to practice and leading the team.

"I look forward to being a Rice Owl very soon. The win over SMU tonight makes me feel good."

Hightower will have the next week off and then face off against rival Willowridge Thursday Sept. 11.

Ahmard Vital is an Area Recruiting Analyst for

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