"It was like a couple weeks ago in practice sometime," Francis recalled. "He (George McDonald) came and my coach told me was there. He was saying to my coach that he was interested in me because of my height and size. As practice went on, I caught a few passes and did a little bit on defense.
"I guess after I caught a long touchdown pass that my quarterback threw, he told my coach I have an offer. I was happy about that. They're recruiting me at wide receiver."
Francis was excited about his first BCS offer. He is still getting to know the program, however.
"I had a very positive reaction when they offered," Francis admitted. "I was really, really happy about that. It's a big D1 school. I heard they have a good basketball program too because I do play basketball. I was just happy about that. They haven't been recruiting me for too long. Maybe about three weeks now.
"I think I'm going to take a visit soon. Sometime over the summer."
Francis' relationship with Coach McDonald goes back several years. That could help the Orange down the road.
"I first met him when he was coaching at UM (Miami)," Francis explained. "Ever since then, my first feeling is that it was a good connection. He's a good coach and a good guy. When he moved to Syracuse, I didn't know at first where he moved to. But then he got back in contact. I have a good relationship with him."
Holding a few offers and with even more interest, Francis is taking his time through the recruiting process.
"I have currently been offered by Louisiana-Lafayette, Akron, Alcorn State, Liberty, and Syracuse," Francis claimed. "I've been getting a lot of letters from Boston College, Rutgers, FSU (Florida State), Michigan, Illinois, and a couple other schools too.
"No favorites. I'm open right now. It's most likely going to go into my senior season. I would like a good academic program. Then a good family oriented team. As long as it's a good team where I could go in my freshman year. I don't expect to start off the bat, but if I put in the hard work I should have a little playing time."