Francis still waiting on an opportunity

He was one of the unheralded leaders of an solid Cerritos team that went deep in the California JUCO playoffs and now LB Jack Francis (6-2, 220) is waiting for the chance to show D-1 schools he can cut it at the highest level of college football. spoke to him recently and he updated us on things...

"I was supposed to visit San Jose State this weekend, but they haven't hired a coach yet so I'm not real sure what's going on," Francis told earlier this week. "I just need to stay patient, but it's hard because you want to know what is going to happen with things and when it doesn't happen right away you get impatient."

One area that Francis didn't need to be patient on was the gridiron where, as a freshman he played both the middle linebacker position as well as the SAM (strongside) spot, notching 47 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss with one fumble recovery.

This past season he stayed mainly inside and posted 53 tackles and two sacks for a team that finished 9-2 before losing in the playoffs to Palomar.

"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."

Nevada was on Francis during the season, but decided to go another direction and now he's hoping things work out with San Jose State or another school picks up on what he has to offer so he can have a shot at playing D-1 football.

"I know I can play at the next level, no question," Francis said. "One staff just has to give me a chance and I know I can help them out."

Francis is able to sign right now and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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