Francis Bemiy was very impressive looking at the recent The Opening Oakland.
He worked out with the linebackers and stood out, and not only because he was 6-4 and 212 pounds. The athleticism he showed for his size was exceptional (as you can see in the few clips of him from The Opening Oakland above).
To date (at least, up until the time of The Opening Oakland), Bemiy hasn't received much recruiting attention, just calls from Idaho and Hawaii, without a scholarship offer.
"Yeah, I'm hoping for more after this spring and this performance," Bemiy told us after the event.
Why he is fairly undiscovered is an interesting story. Bemiy transferred to Riverside (Calif.) Carnegie Schools last August and played football for the first time as a high school junior. He came from Montreal (he speaks French) and was completely unknown at the time. Carnegie, too, isn't exactly a football powerhouse so his junior season went pretty much unnoticed.
Then the fact that he didn't even have a chance to concentrate on playing linebacker might have set back his recruiting attention, too.
"Because of transfers and some suspensions at our high school, I had to play running back mostly," Bemiy said. "I played some linebacker, which is my position, but I put most of the time into running back for my team."
Bemiy stood out as a 6-4, 212-pound running back, but also because he ran for over 2,000 yards (watch clips of his high school season below).
"It was fun," he said. "I was so much bigger than most of the tacklers."
At The Opening Oakland, he matched up well against some of the higher-profile linebacker prospects.
The nation's No. 12-ranked outside linebacker prospect is Salua Masina. The four-star Masina combines very good athleticism and then exceptional size, with a body that you'd project to filling out to NFL-ish dimensions. At The Opening Oakland, Masina measured 6-4 and weighed 197, ran a 4.81 40 and a 4.32 shuttle, while registering a 31.6 vertical jump.
Bemiy, comparatively, was 6-4 and 212, with a wider frame, which looks capable of holding more weight. He ran a 4.81 shuttle, but then also a very impressive 4.25 shuttle, which was among the best of the day for all positions, along with a 33.2 vertical jump.
Bemiy, who played basketball for Carnegie this past winter and spring, said he had lost a little weight, too, and was hoping to add it back, and some more muscle, this summer.
When asked if he planned to attend any camps of D-1 programs, Bemiy said, "I'm planning to go to the UCLA camp June 11th. That's the only one planned right now."
Bemiy told us since The Oakland Opening that he has confirmed his plans to participate in UCLA's camp and he's had some initial contact with UCLA.
Bemiy, too, is a good student, with The Carnegie Schools being a high-academic prep school. When asked about his GPA, Bemiy smiled and said, "It's good. Good."