Name: JACOB FRANCIS
School: Liberty High School – Liberty, MO (Coach Chad Frigon)
Vitals: OL (#57) 6’4″ – 290 lbs
Offers: Southern Illinois offer, Kansas and Missouri PWO interest
Francis, a 1st Team All-State selection in Class 6 (Missouri’s largest class), primarily played offensive guard and tackle for Head Coach Chad Frigon, whose Liberty squad finished the 2013 season 7-4 and ranked #10 in the final polls after losing in the 2nd round of the playoffs to Lee’s Summit.
The Liberty standout shows versatility and athleticism for a guy his size on film by playing an H-back/TE role on special occasions and being motioned around before the snap before being a lead blocker on power and counter running plays. He has exceptional vision and feel when pulling from his guard spot and is able to see defenders in his peripheral vision so he can come back and pick them up later in the development of the play. He also is a technician with his feet and shows the unique ability to reach “zero” and “one” techniques from the back side of running plays. His motor is apparent by the drive he shows in is legs after initial contact with his defenders
Francis, who we feel could potentially play any spot on the OL if needed but projects best at offensive guard in the Big Sky Conference, will need to get stronger and learn how to hold and sustain his blocks with his hands more consistently (as is the case for almost all high school offensive lineman). He should be able to comfortably play at the 305 – 310 lb range in college.