Nebraska and Miami have had a lot of big battles over the years, but few in recent memory have been as fierce as the recruiting battle for four-star safety Jaiden Francois. And with the start of the early signing period today, Francois is set to make his decision.
On Wednesday, the Nebraska football team announced that Francois has given his commitment and signed with the Huskers.
CB: Jaiden Francois
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— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) December 18, 2019
The decision was clearly an emotional one. He was reportedly crying and even left the gym where his announcement was set to take place.
Jaiden Francois, after receiving a phone call, began crying and left the gym where NSD is taking place…regardless of what happens..just can see the amount of pressure these kids are facing.
— Miami Hurricanes Time (@HurricanesTime) December 18, 2019
247Sports rates Jaiden Francois as the No. 283 overall prospect in the country. He is the No. 28 safety in the nation, and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Florida.
Francois committed to the Miami Hurricanes in February. But despite numerous visits to the campus and from Manny Diaz’s coaching staff, he decommitted in October. It was his second time decommitting from the Hurricanes, as he initially did so when Diaz took the Temple job. The U hired Diaz back after Mark Richt’s resignation, and got Francois’ commitment once again, but ultimately it did not stick.
In November, Francois took an official visit to Nebraska – only the second one of his recruiting process. He had a few more meetings with Miami and Diaz in the weeks that followed.
But ultimately it appears that Francois had his mind set on Lincoln, Nebraska.
Per 247Sports, with the addition of Francois, the Huskers now have the No. 19 recruiting class in the country and the No. 4 class in the Big Ten.
Not a bad start to the early signing period for Scott Frost and his staff.