La Salle QB Francis Nears College Decision
Friday, January 25, 2013
The La Salle senior quarterback, Rhode Island’s 2012-2013 Gatorade football player of the year, will take official visits to Bentley University and Marist College this weekend. He’s also considering Monmouth University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Reached on Wednesday, Francis said he plans to make his decision by national signing day, Feb. 6.
“The recruiting process has been a little tough,” said Francis. “You really have to put yourself out there, but all your hard work and dedication pays off.”
Francis enjoyed highly successful junior and senior seasons for the Rams, whom he helped lead to a combined 16-0 regular-season record against Division I competition and appearances in each of the past two D-I Super Bowls.
As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal-caller threw for more than 2,000 yards with 18 touchdown passes and two interceptions during the regular season. He also rushed for more than 600 yards and scored nine TDs, earning his second consecutive first-team all-state selection.
That there isn’t more interest in Francis “is kind of crazy, if you ask me,” La Salle football coach Geoff Marcone said. “Monmouth isn’t even looking for a quarterback, but they’re so impressed with his skill set that they want to bring him in.”
Marcone and La Salle athletic director Ted Quigley believe the school Francis signs with will be very thankful one day.
“Anyone who’s going to take a shot on him, they’re going to say, ‘Wow, we got lucky,’” said Marcone. “He ran our offense. It was like having a coach on the field. He had the authority to check in and out of plays; we haven’t had that here in a while. He’d watch film with us in the morning. We never made him do it; he asked to do it, which as a coach you love. You want kids to want to be great. There’s a difference between wanting to be great and doing the things to be great, and he does the things to make himself a great player.
“The one thing with Anthony is he’s going to work as hard as he possibly can, because the minute he doesn’t think he’s good at something, he’s going to work harder to fix that problem.”
Said Quigley, “Whoever winds up with Anthony is getting a steal.”
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