WR Francis Owusu reflects on Junior Day

Southern California wide receiver Francis Owusu was one of a handful of top recruits to visit Stanford last weekend for the Cardinal's Junior Day. No stranger to Stanford's campus, Owusu enjoyed getting to see some familiar faces and places on his most recent trip to The Farm.

"I liked it," Francis Owusu said. "It was awesome. We toured a lot of the Stanford campus and I loved it. Everything was just awesome. The coaches were really nice and everything was really good."

Although he estimates he's been to Stanford between 15-20 times, Owusu said he still learned something new on the Junior Day trip.

"There was a lot of new stuff I learned," Owusu said. "I learned about the Hoover Tower. I learned a lot of new stuff about being a freshman there and also about football."

Owusu made it a priority to spend time with the Cardinal coaching staff during the visit. His familiarity with Stanford's coaches dates back to 2007, when his older brother Chris visited The Farm for a Junior Day.

"I think I talked with all of the coaches," Owusu said. "I introduced myself to all of them and they were really excited about me. They were just talking about wide receivers. They really want me up at wide receiver there and taking over for my brother."

Owusu also had a chance to mingle with the small group of Junior Day visitors, including Virginia quarterback Ryan Burns, who made a commitment to Stanford during the Junior Day.

"I was just texting him earlier saying congratulations to him," Owusu said. "That's awesome, that'll definitely be a factor. Having a good quarterback from Virginia, he's really good."

Owusu, who has offers from Florida, Nebraska, UCLA, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Oregon State in addition to Stanford, is in no rush to make a decision. He doesn't have a leader and plans to take a few more visits before committing.

"I'm going to see the right school for me," Owusu said. "I'm going to make some trips and see how I feel at each school."

When Owusu does make a commitment, academics and the quality of football will play a significant role in his choice.

"Academics first," Owusu said. "That's definitely the most important, my parents have always put that on me and my family and my siblings since we were little. That's always been important to us. Second I want to go to the NFL, so a football program. That's what I really liked about Stanford. They have both of those to offer me, the academics and athletics."

Owusu, who reports a GPA in the 3.7-3.8 range, is aware of what he'd need to do to get accepted at Stanford should he select the Cardinal.

"I talked to [assistant coach Lance Anderson about admissions] and he said I'll be fine," Owusu said. "He said I just need to take the SAT because I haven't taken that yet and/or the ACT. I talked to him about that and was just talking to him about academics and he told me it's really important to Stanford football. That's what I was really happy about."

If Francis needs any advice about Stanford's admissions process, he has an expert source to which he can turn. Before impressing scouts with a 4.36 at the NFL combine, Chris was a member of Stanford's 2008 recruiting class.

"It's awesome having an older brother who went through the process and just learning from him and everything he's done," Francis said. "He's done a remarkable job at Stanford and also at the combine. So I'm just going to take after him and hopefully just learn from all of his experiences."

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