Francis brings his lunch-pail every day

Cerritos is currently 6-0 and their defense is allowing only 283 yards per game. The man in the middle of the stop unit is LB Jack Francis (6-2, 220), a young man who can play inside or outside depending on the situation. caught up with the blue-collar defender and he updated us on things including which school has the inside track on acquiring his services...

Francis enjoyed a solid prep career at La Mirada High School in California, but because they weren't very good, he didn't get a lot of recruiting attention.

"Basically, we weren't very good and a lot of schools sorta passed us over because of our record," Francis told "Our coaches there weren't a lot of help with getting our names or our film out, so when it came time to graduate, really JC was the way I had to go and Cerritos was the perfect fit for me.

"I really like the coaches here and this program is one of the best in California so I just felt it fit me perfectly and could help me get ready for the next level."

As a freshman last season, Francis was solid for the Falcons playing both the middle linebacker position as well as the SAM (strongside) spot, notching 47 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss with one fumble recovery.

"I'm a hard-worker and I have good football instincts," Francis said. "My attitude and my intensity are my best attributes. I'm not the fastest guy (4.72), but I always hustle and I know my assignment and I never give up on a play."

That attitude has helped Francis to yet again be near the top of the Falcons defense in tackles this season as he's posted 30 stops, 1.5 tackles- for-loss, half a sack and two forced fumbles.

So far recruiting attention has been mild, but he recently took an official visit to Nevada and thinks the Wolfpack coaching staff could extend an offer very soon.

"Basically when I was there they were like 'we want you to come up and play', but they didn't give me an official offer while I was there so I'm not real sure what's up," Francis said. "They did say they liked what I had to offer and what I could do, but they never officially offered me so, I haven't committed to them or anything."

As far as other schools are concerned, Francis said he's open to anyone that wants to give him a look.

"I just want to play ball, it really doesn't matter who wants me, I'll look at playing for anyone right now," Francis said.

Francis is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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