Francesconi says yes to Southern Miss

It's been a long haul for San Mateo LB Brandon Francesconi (6-3, 225) as he patiently waited for an offer to play D-1 football. Then, in what seems like the blink of an eye, he had schools pursuing him and took a trip to see one of his most ardent suitors -- Southern Miss -- this past week. After returning home, he decided on Sunday to commit to the Golden Eagles and will enroll in June...

"It's been crazy, but I'm really excited," a relieved Francesconi told Monday afternoon. "I went out there on a visit last week and returned home on Friday (April 28th).

"When I was there the coaches were really up front with me and said that they were in a crunch and needed me to make a decision right away.

"They gave me until Sunday to make my decision and after I got home and talked to my parents, I decided it was the right decision and I didn't want to miss out on the opportunity that was in front of me."

Francesconi was getting quite a bit of attention from Arizona and Boise State and even thought about taking a trip to Arizona to see about an offer.

"They wanted to bring me out for a visit before they would offer and that was something that had me thinking," Francesconi noted. "But when I have an offer from a school right there for me, waiting and they wanted me as much as (Southern Miss) wanted me, I just couldn't pass it up."

Francesconi's parents were so impressed with Hattiesburg and the school, the told their son, jokingly, they would move there right away.

"We had planned to go out for a visit because they wanted to join me, but it didn't work out," Francesconi said. "They had non-refundable tickets, so they were like 'well, let's just go see it anyway' and so they went before I even went.

"They loved it and said they thought it was a great place for me."

As a freshman in 2009, Francesconi was a key backup on a team that lost in the state championship game and this past season, as a sophomore, he started both outside and inside for the Bulldogs and racked up over 60 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, two sacks and one interception.

"The coaches said they are going to start me out on the strongside and my move me to inside or middle linebacker," Francesconi said. "I'll play wherever they want me to play. I'm just excited to get to play D-1 football and have the chance to show them that they made a good decision (in offering)."

Francesconi will finish up his classes later this month and plans to enroll at Southern Miss this summer and he will have three years to play two once he arrives.

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