Durham Running Back Having a Big Season

After winning the 4A State Championship in 2010, Durham Hillside is having another great season. The Hornets are 5-1 and Khris Francis is a big reason why.

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Khris Francis (5'9/180) of Hillside High School in Durham, N.C. is poised to be one of the top running backs in Tar Heel State's 2013 class. He is averaging over 170 yards per game this season. Several schools have already taken notice of the Hornets' star.

"Recruiting is going pretty good," said Francis. "Right now the schools that I am hearing from the most are North Carolina, Duke, Penn State, and North Carolina State. I do not have any offers yet."

Although those are the four main schools in contact with him, Francis currently has no favorites.

"I am just open to everyone right now and I am just waiting to see what schools show interest in me," he said.

One school has been in contact with him the most.

"North Carolina sends me something four to five times a week," Francis said.

The junior knows his strengths, but is also quick to point out what he needs to improve on.

"I think my strengths as a player are my patience and vision, which allow me to let the play develop and make good decisions as a running back," he said. "The areas that I am trying to improve on are reading defenses and being more explosive."

Although he does not plan to make a decision until his senior season, Francis knows what will be important when he makes his commitment.

"I want to go to a school that has a good engineering program and good football atmosphere."

In 6 games this season, Francis, has rushed for 1,030 yards and 14 touchdowns. Despite his size, Francis is an extremely tough runner, who does not shy away contact. He has tremendous feet, great balance, and good speed. Francis bench presses 255 pounds, squats 365, and runs the forty yard dash in 4.47 seconds.

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