Offers roll in for Lackawana's Francis

He's one of the most talented JUCO linebackers in the nation and seemingly every D-1 program that has seen his highlight tape has offered Lackawana LB Joshua Francis (6-6-2, 213). caught up with the speedy defensive prospect recently and he updated us on things...

Francis prepped at Damascus (Gaithersburg, Md.) High School and received some interest from lower-tier schools, so he decided to head to Lackawana to see if he could increase the interest in what he could do on the football field.

"I really liked the staff here and the program," Francis told "They always get guys moved on to four-year schools and they really care about you as a person as well as a player."

Starting the final seven games of the season at the weakside linebacker position, Francis filled up the stat sheet, posting 46 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked kick.

"They already had a couple of good linebackers here, so I didn't really see the field right away," Francis said. "When I got the chance to play ball, I knew I had to make the most of it and the coaches started to trust me more and more because I made plays and knew my assignments."

Recruiting was tepid for Francis early on, but once his highlight film started to circulate (see the bottom of this article to get a look at it) schools came running with offers and now he holds four and several more could be on the way.

"Right now my offers are from West Virginia, Rutgers, Kansas State, Oregon and there are a couple more who I think have offered, but they have talked to my coach, not me," Francis noted. "I'm not totally worried about that right now since out season starts up here pretty soon.

"I have set up a visit with Kansas State for December 3rd and I've talked to West Virginia about going up there for a visit in November. Other than that, the rest will have to wait to get set up."

In addition to his three known offers, Francis said he's hearing from USC as well as other schools from across the country.

"(USC) told me they really want to offer me, but because of their scholarship situation, they aren't really sure yet," Francis said.

Besides having outstanding instincts, Francis also possesses outstanding speed, posting a 4.38 hand-timed forty in the spring.

"My speed has always been my biggest asset and now I'm getting stronger so I'm able to use my hands and my footwork is better," Francis said. "I want to have a huge season this year and that's what I expect to do and I want us to get to the playoffs for sure."

Francis is on pace to graduate in December and plans to sign with a school at that time. He'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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Joshua Francis 2009 highlights

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