Family ties: WR Francis Owusu

WR Francis Owusu

Despite enduring a string of injuries in the past two seasons, Chris Owusu's Stanford legacy is secure. The speedy wide receiver will be remembered by Stanford fans as an electric return man, a dynamic playmaker, and an integral part of the 2008 recruiting class that changed the course of Stanford football.

If Stanford has its way, however, the Owusu family legacy at Stanford will be far from over. Last week, Stanford offered Chris' younger brother, Francis Owusu, a scholarship.

"The offer came from Coach Lance Anderson," said Frank Owusu, Francis' father. "All of the coaches are very excited about Francis."

The most noticeable physical difference between Chris and Francis is height. At 6-foot-4, Francis is two inches taller than his older brother.

"I knew this was coming," laughed Frank when asked to compare the brothers. "Chris is Chris, Francis plays his own way. Francis is a little bit bigger and taller. And an excellent ballplayer, just like Chris. So that is the only comparison that I can make: Francis is a little bit taller. Francis is 6-foot-4, just a little bit taller."

Like Chris, Francis will likely become one of the more highly recruited receivers on the West Coast. Despite not sending out his junior season highlight tape, Francis already has offers from Vanderbilt and Wisconsin, in addition to Stanford. He recently was invited to and attended a junior day at USC, and has a standing junior day invitation from UCLA.

"He hasn't sent out his tape to anybody," Frank said. "He hasn't sent his tape to any schools at all. I think he made it by himself and put it on YouTube about a week ago. And Stanford saw it and almost every school that has seen it has offered him."

Although it's still early in the 2013 recruiting cycle, Stanford is in a strong position to ultimately secure Francis' commitment.

"An offer from Stanford is as good as gold," Frank said. "That is very exciting… He wants to follow in his brother's footsteps. He's very excited."

Part of the reason for Francis' interest in the Card is his relationship with the coaching staff and familiarity with the program. Francis first visited The Farm in 2008 when Chris attended a Stanford junior day, and has returned for numerous games.

"I remember when Chris came for his junior day, in I think 2008, Francis came with us," Frank said. "He was very little, he joined me and Chris at the junior day. And then since that time, he fell in love with the school, just like Chris. And also he loves Chris so much, he wants to follow him to Stanford.

"And of course he's been to all the games anyway, so Francis is not new to the coaching staff or Stanford. … From Coach Shaw to Coach Anderson to all the coaches, they all know him, and he knows all of them and he knows almost all of the players. It's not new to him."

Since Francis has visited Stanford countless times and already has a strong rapport with the coaches, an unofficial visit to Palo Alto wouldn't be essential to inform Francis' recruitment, but might happen nonetheless.

"As of now, the next trip is going to be to Stanford or perhaps to Wisconsin or Vanderbilt, I'm not sure," Frank said. "For Stanford, we've met the coaches already."

Either way, Frank thinks Francis will make an early decision like his older brother did.

"I'm sure that he will make up his mind very early, just like Chris," Francis said. "Chris had Stanford in mind and didn't even apply to any more schools. He knew where he wanted to go.

"So Francis, I don't think it will be long before he makes up his mind."


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