2020 DB Francios Commits at Paradise Camp
South Dade 2020 safety Jaiden Francois told InsideTheU that he gave a verbal pledge to Mark Richt and the Hurricanes after spending most of Friday in Coral Gables. The rising junior picked the hometown team over early offers form Georgia, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, UCF and Florida Atlantic.
“I love Miami,” Francois said. “I want to stay home.”
Francois toured campus with safeties coach Ephraim Banda. He also spent time around defensive analyst Demarcus VanDyke.
“It felt good being around them. I felt like I was in my own backyard. My parents loved it.”
South Dade is a school that Miami has had some recent success recruiting as the Hurricanes pulled both D.J. Ivey and Patrick Joyner out of the 8A program last cycle.
“Those are my boys.”
Francois also admitted that one of the reasons why he picked the hometown team so early is because likes Mark Richt and how he’s trying to build the program up with the new Indoor Practice Facility.
“He’s a great guy. They have a lot of good things happening so I want to stick around for that.”
The hard-hitting defensive back could play both cornerback or safety at the next level.
“He’s an athlete,” South Dade coach Nate Hudson told InsideTheU’s Chris Stock back in May. “Everything thus far going into the spring he has answered the bell to whatever we want to play. He was a versatile kid last year and even when he first got here his freshman year he played some running back and receiver and then towards the latter part of his freshman year we moved him over to defense and we saw a lot of bright spots. Last year he played strong safety and he flourished. He delivered exactly what we wanted.”