Deondre Francois Talks Buckeyes and More

By Jeremy Birmingham on March 6, 2014 at 3:39p

When you grow up in Florida and you play football like Deondre Francois did, getting the chance to play at Florida, Florida State or Miami is a big deal. Getting the chance to play at all three? That makes you one of the players in the country, not just the state of Florida. Forget rankings, forget arbitrary "stars," all that matters is when Al Golden, Jimbo Fisher and Will Muschamp say "We want you." 

Welcome to the life of a high school quarterback. Yes, it's Torrance Gibson who gets a lot of attention (deservedly so) from the analysts, but Francois, from Orlando's Olympia High School, isn't paying attention to anything but what's coming next for him, and it's something he's been preparing for.

"Recruiting has really been ramping up for a while," Francois told Eleven Warriors. "I'm enjoying the recruiting process, and I'm adjusting well to the new attention and publicity."

Ohio State is one of the schools that have thrown their hat into the ring for Francois. The Buckeyes offered him a scholarship in mid-February did so without seeing the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder throw in person, a rarity for the Buckeyes.

"Tom Herman was the one who offered me," he said. "They liked my film. I'm hopefully going to get up there over the summer (for a visit.)"

It's been speculated that the Buckeyes could look to sign two quarterbacks for 2015, but what would they need to have in order to impress Francois?

"Education," Francois replied when asked what is the biggest factor in his college choice. "Also, a good family atmosphere. Every school has nice campus and stuff like that." 

With offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Louisville, Nebraska, and plenty of others, Francois is keeping focused on what he needs to do on the field and not worrying about the comparisons between himself and other high school quarterbacks. He doesn't lack confidence about his skill-set, however. He lists his arm strength and patience in the pocket, along with a quick release as a few of the things that separate him from other quarterbacks he's seen.

"I feel like I am the best quarterback in my class," he said. "I am focused on my goals and my strengths."



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BTwrestle04's picture

Nice, quick release.

biggy84's picture

Am i the only one that worries about Herman recruiting knowing there is a very good chance he gets a HC job after this year and the prospect changing their mind if he leaves? Probably just

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Nah, we still have Urban.

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osu07asu10's picture

Yep, good point...Tom should quit recruiting

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biggy84's picture

Ha! I'm not saying he should stop recruiting. I'm just saying i hope they love the school more.

osu07asu10's picture

It goes both ways I'm sure and both have a huge impact on recruits. I hope more than anything that if Tom Herman leaves, the relationships he formed with past, current, and future buckeyes remain and that he has relationships like Larry Johnson has with his recruits.

We're Ohio State and that is the main sell, it helps Coach Herman is awesome.

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willshire58's picture

Looks like he has good velocity on his throws. Reminds me of JT Barrett's tape.

WC Buckeye's picture

I think he's got a good sense for the touch passes, too, which I don't recall as much with Barrett's tape. Not a criticism of Barrett, mind you, just an observation.

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Bucki78's picture

Quick release, great timing with receivers, good footwork, hits receivers in-stride, and good pocket presence.  Can I just say I want this dude on our team?!?!

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CowCat's picture

He really looks good in the pocket.  Sets his feet quickly, scans the field quickly, steps up, releases quickly.   Throws the appropriate arc with good velocity. Good pump fake skills as well.

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carton's picture


it's okay to hit receivers in stride?

That's not in my book of QB101.

I don't throw pass unless a receiver is nice and set in comfortable position.


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MikeEagleBuckeye's picture

Damn, this kid looks good!

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WarBuckeyes17's picture

Does anyone else see some Russ Wilson in this kid? Love how he stands in the pocket and delivers the ball in a timely, accurate manner. 

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Silver Bullet 10's picture

No, Russell Wilson is in a league of his own. He has one of the most talented arms I've ever seen. This kid is very good, nonetheless.

BuckChoi's picture

Anyone else see the Xbrax-like spin moves?  I also like that I see he doesn't ALWAYS throw to his first option.  There looks to be some progression in the way he scans the field.  Good pocket presence and fits the ball nicely into some tight spots.  I like it!

wyatt's picture

Quick decision maker and good touch on the ball.  What a passer.

EDUGOON's picture

Tremendous skill set. You can tell this kid has been coached and takes to coaching. His mechanics in the pocket are impressive. Great touch and throws a quality strike in stride. Impressive!!!

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Shangheyed's picture

At least this year we are going after a good amount of QBs instead of putting all our QB eggs in one basket.   Confidence is high to get a very good QB this year, maybe even two!   Likey!

ogama843's picture

Wow, he looks REALLY good! On a side note, I think we need to look at some of his receivers as well. Some VERY nice grabs in that video.

Holy Buckeye!

buckguyfan1's picture

Would love to see Joe Germaine run a few series with this offense...

zacisone's picture

Arm like a laser and a nice touch! I agree with Ogama843 about a couple receivers. Those guys catch AND block! Kudos to their coaches.


shaggybuckeye's picture

The kid has great release and throwing motion, good footwork and pocket presence, good placement and arm strength. His wheels are decent from what I saw, but not a exciting as Miller when on the loose. Deondre seems to go through progressions fairly well and can make tough throws in small windows.  If only he were 3-4 inches taller...

Canukbuck's picture

Maybe the film that Braxton should be watching during Spring drills is this kid's film.  Very quick and accurate release.  Nice touch on the deep fade and can certainly throw into tight windows.  Probably has Guiton wheels, but with our improving receiving corps, we need someone who can hit the receiver on the break, not once he's open.  As for his height of 6' 1" - well, it didn't seem to hurt Tom Brady or a certain short QB from Purdue ......

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Crimson's picture

No way Brees was 6'1".

willshire58's picture

Tom Brady is 6'4"...

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osubuckeye4life's picture

This kid looks very good! 

MAVBuck's picture

Any updates on this kid? We're hearing a lot about the big name QBs in the class but not too much on Francois. At this point Id just love to get a leader in the class to help recruit.