ORLANDO — Deondre Francois liked Florida early on in his recruitment and visited the school 10 months ago, but the Gators haven’t been much of a player for him since then.
The Under Armour All-American committed to Florida State last summer and said Wednesday he’s still fully committed to the Seminoles.
But with the coaching change at UF, Francois will return to Gainesville next month to give the Gators one last look.
“I decided to take an official visit there,” he said. “I’m just trying to go check out the campus again and see how the atmosphere is now. I haven’t been there in a while, and I want to see if anything has changed with them having a new coach.”
Less than a week after taking the job, Florida coach Jim McElwain held an in-home visit with Francois on Dec. 11.
“He just told me he thinks I’m the best QB in my class and if I decide to go somewhere else, he would love to have me,” said Francois, who is ranked a top-100 overall prospect by ESPN and Rivals.
“He wasn’t trying to get me to decommit or pressure me. Coach McElwain is a good guy with a good personality, and I like him as a person. I can tell he cares about his players.”
Although the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder likes McElwain and will visit UF, he admits it will be hard to flip him from FSU.
“I wouldn’t say I’m reconsidering Florida because at the end of the day I’m still committed to Florida State,” Francois said. “I’m not looking to change my mind. I’m just visiting Florida to see what they have to offer and make sure I made the right decision.”
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