El Camino RB says yes to Oregon State

The El Camino football team has already had their fair share of commitments this spring and they added another one when RB Jeremy Francis (6-1, 210) decided to commit to Oregon State early on Saturday. JCFootball.com got in touch with the physical running back and he talked about his reasons for making the decision so quickly and what he's focusing on this summer.

"I committed to Oregon State today," a happy Francis told JCFootball.com. "I was talking to coach (Mike) Riley and the running backs coach (Jay Locey) and they offered me.

"I wanted to commit on the spot, but they told me to take a day, think about and make sure I wanted to do it. So I slept on it and woke up this morning and called them and said I wanted to commit and I was sure."

The Beavers have two senior backs heading into the 2007 season and one, Yvenson Bernard, was named a first team All-Pac 10 back rushing for 1,307 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"The chances to go in there and play early are pretty good," Francis said. "They graduate two backs after this season and the coaches said their other three backs basically don't have a lot of experience.

"I know I won't just get it handed to me when I get there, but I do know I'll have a chance to come in there and compete right away which is all you can really ask for."

As a freshman for Elco last season, Francis played behind Jamicah Bass (who signed with Iowa State) so he posted modest numbers -- 113 yards and four touchdowns.

However, he is an excellent between the tackles runner with good vision and he's also an excellent receiver out of the backfield as he posted 22 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns including one that went 63 yards for a score.

"I'm good at anything a team wants me to do really," Francis said. "I always want to get better and continue to compete, but I feel I can contribute however a team needs me to."

Francis prepped at Lake Howell High School in Miami, Florida and committed to Wake Forest after his senior year, but he didn't qualify and Bass was a reason that he ended up at El Camino.

"I started looking around and I got a call from J.J. (Bass) and he said I should come out and play with him out at Elco so that's basically how I ended up here," Francis said. "The coaches here have really helped me get better and playing for such a talented team will get you noticed if you're good enough."

Francis ran a 4.46 in May at the combine held in Los Angeles and registered a 36-inch vertical leap and put up 225 pounds 20 times on the bench press.

He plans to graduate this December and will have three years to play two when he arrives in Corvallis.

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