Following a long recruiting process that was whittled down to just two teams earlier this week, Deondre Francois verbally committed to the Florida State Seminoles Thursday afternoon.
Noles 247 reported the news following the announcement:
Josh Newberg of 247 Sports shared a vine of Francois sporting the FSU hat:
Newberg also revealed how Francois perceived today's commitment of Kai Locksley, another 4-star quarterback:
I just asked Deondre Francois if he knew about Locksley’s commitment. He said he did and it didn’t bother him. http://t.co/EGDp4ZV2m9— Josh Newberg (@joshnewberg247) July 31, 2014
Francois is a 4-star player who ranks as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The site also lists him as a pro-style signal-caller, showing his ability to throw from the pocket or create with his legs.
Prior to his decision, Francois spoke about what went into his final announcement, per Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports (subscription required):
Right now, it's between Florida State and Auburn. It's really a no-brainer what my top two schools are. I'm probably going to commit on the 31st [of July]. I'm just going to take this week to soak everything in, call some people, talk to my family and then commit.
After that week of taking it all in, it appears the rich keep getting richer.
With Florida State adding Francois to its already strong 2015 class, it now has a chance to replace a great signal-caller with another potential star.
Leading up to Francois' commitment, one quarterback already planning to play for FSU made it clear that he planned on beating him out. De'Andre Johnson, the No. 14 dual-threat QB, according to 247Sports, told Rivals.com what would happen if Francois came to Florida State:
That triggered a response from Francois later Monday afternoon:
As a man I just can't involve myself with drama.— Dre (@Deondre_3) July 28, 2014
I'm just thankful that I can say I actually made the elite 11 😌 pic.twitter.com/Q3ZKx2zK7v— Dre (@Deondre_3) July 28, 2014
Oh, we should mention that Johnson was left off the Elite 11 list. Let's just say the second was another shot fired at Johnson.
Following all of the buzz, Tyler Donohue of Bleacher Report believed it would end in good news for the Tigers:
It's been a randomly interesting day in recruitment of 4-star QB Deondre Francois (@Deondre_3). Thinking it could be good news for Auburn...— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) July 28, 2014
Apparently, Francois chose to embrace the drama with his commitment to the Seminoles. While nearly every quarterback battle is interesting, the one that will take place soon for Florida State could get nasty. Francois is the better prospect for now, but rankings don't always translate into great college careers. For Johnson, he will have to live up to those words after missing out on the Elite 11 while Francois made the cut.
Following in the footsteps of Heisman winner Jameis Winston won't be easy, but the Seminoles now have options. Whichever signal-caller rises to the top, many coaches would love to be in Jimbo Fisher's shoes.
Along with Francois and Johnson, the ACC powerhouse has two outstanding defensive prospects in Derwin James and Tyrek Cole in the 2015 class. Whichever quarterback takes over, the future looks bright for the 2013 national champions.
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