Rousseau's big season helps UM with 2022 4-star DE Nolton

Rousseau's big season helps UM with 2022 4-star DE Nolton

Stefan Adams
Since earning an offer from the Miami Hurricanes last June after impressing the coaching staff in-person at a Manny Diaz summer camp on campus, Miami Edison (FL) 4-star DE Francois Nolton has been one of UM’s top targets in the 2022 class and Nolton has reciprocated that interest with multiple visits to Coral Gables.

“I’ve been to campus a couple times and I’ve talked to most of the coaches – coach (Manny) Diaz, coach (Blake) Baker, coach (Ephraim) Banda, coach (Todd) Stroud, and coach (Jake) Swalley.

“Every time I go there, they show me a lot of love and tell me they can’t wait to have me in the green and orange. I really like Miami, I grew up a Miami fan, a lot of my family grew up fans too. My grandma stays like 5 minutes from the school, it’s basically home. Every time I go on campus, they just build a better relationship with me.”

The 6-4 225 pound local star last visited UM for their junior day event in late January, which attracted tons of talent all over the state. While that event was meant to have more mass appeal, the Miami coaches were trying to get Nolton back on campus soon after for a more personal visit.

“I had went to the junior day and was talking to coach Diaz and coach Stroud, and they had told me they wanted me to come by one of the days they didn’t have spring practice so we could sit down and talk some more and show my family around,” Nolton said. “But because of the coronavirus, that didn’t happen. I’m just waiting to see what happens with [the quarantine].”

How has Nolton been dealing with the impact of the quarantines over the past few months?

“I’ve just been working, every day just doing something,” Nolton said. “I’m either working out with my coaches, my family members, or my teammates. In recruiting, I’ve been getting a lot of offers, but the main thing I’m focused on is working to get a state championship next season.”

Nolton recruitment certainly has been picking up steam, as he has been one of the hottest prospects in the country lately, landing offers from LSU, Alabama, UF, Penn State, FSU, and USC in the past three weeks alone. Nolton was looking to visit LSU, UF, and South Carolina for summer camps, but says that the schools cancelled those events. The only trip he is planning to reschedule thus far is to LSU, and Nolton says he is talking with Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron to set up a visit for a game in Baton Rouge this season.

“With them, I don’t really know too much, but it’s all about coach O, he’s real cool and a nice guy,” Nolton said of LSU. “We talk about family and being at home, how we can build a good relationship together and win national championships. He’s just talking to me and making me like LSU a lot.”

Current Hurricane and former Champagnat Catholic DE Gregory Rousseau set the ACC on fire last season as a redshirt freshman, making himself known by racking up 19.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks and putting himself squarely in the discussion to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. According to Nolton, who is friendly with Rousseau, that effort was definitely noticed by local recruits as well.

“I like what he did for UM, it’s really a blessing for Greg because I know how he was hurt and everything,” Nolton said. “My coach knows him really well and knows what type of person he is. I talk to Greg a lot and we have a really good relationship. I’m just happy for him and I hope he has another really good season and the Canes have a good season. I just wish the best for him.

“I will say about Greg having a good year, that really raised a lot of eyebrows for me and some other local kids that you can go to UM, stay home and break records and you could do big things and make it to the NFL. So Greg really gave us confidence that we could do it.”

That discussion has continued over at Miami Edison, where Nolton says some of his teammates talk about what it would be like to all stay home to play at UM in the future. In the 2022 class, Edison has three other players that have UM offers, including 4-star ATH Syveion Ellis, 3-star LB Leon Hart, and OG Jeffrey Bonica.

“We’ll talk about it sometimes,” Nolton said. “For the most part, all of us like Miami, so it’s not like somebody is against it. We like Miami, it’s the hometown team. The most we’ve been saying is we can all go to the games and check it out, or all go together in the summer to the campus for a visit.”

Ultimately, Nolton’s college decision is going to come down to where he feels he is the best fit, and he says he isn't far from a commitment.

“I was going to make a decision this summer, but since we can’t go out and see everything, I think it’s going to be in the middle of my junior year heading into the playoffs,” Nolton said. “I want to focus on somewhere that’s going to help me get my education, a place I have good relationships with the coaches, and somewhere that’s winning. It’s important to have a winning culture, I don’t want to go to a school with a bunch of bad energy between the kids and the coaches because they’re not winning. I want somewhere I can compete and play hard.”

With that being said, what was Nolton’s reaction to Manny Diaz’s first season at the helm of the Hurricanes, in which the team finished a disappointing 6-7?

“I’m not worried about Miami,” Nolton said. “It was coach Diaz’s first year and he has a new offensive coordinator now. I have faith in coach Manny Diaz that Miami is going to be pretty good this year. I just like him as a coach, he’s a good coach.”

Nolton spent his first two years of high school playing at Miami Christian before transferring to Miami Edison over the offseason, and has big goals set for his junior season with the Red Raiders in 2020.

“I just have fun out there, I like to have fun when I’m playing football. I just like to compete and I’m not going to be satisfied if I’m beating someone all game, I’m going to keep going at them. I just want to love what I’m doing. I think my best skill is probably rushing the passer, but I’m working hard to be an all-around D-End and win a state championship.”

 

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That quote about the kids seeing Greg ball out & kids noticing you can go to the NFL from Miami is HUGE! We need him & Brevin to go in the first round & have a good season. The floodgates will open! Hell, I think King balling out will do the same. This is such a huge year for us.
 
Since earning an offer from the Miami Hurricanes last June after impressing the coaching staff in-person at a Manny Diaz summer camp on campus, Miami Edison (FL) 4-star DE Francois Nolton has been one of UM’s top targets in the 2022 class and Nolton has reciprocated that interest with multiple visits to Coral Gables.

“I’ve been to campus a couple times and I’ve talked to most of the coaches – coach (Manny) Diaz, coach (Blake) Baker, coach (Ephraim) Banda, coach (Todd) Stroud, and coach (Jake) Swalley.

“Every time I go there, they show me a lot of love and tell me they can’t wait to have me in the green and orange. I really like Miami, I grew up a Miami fan, a lot of my family grew up fans too. My grandma stays like 5 minutes from the school, it’s basically home. Every time I go on campus, they just build a better relationship with me.”

The 6-4 225 pound local star last visited UM for their junior day event in late January, which attracted tons of talent all over the state. While that event was meant to have more mass appeal, the Miami coaches were trying to get Nolton back on campus soon after for a more personal visit.

“I had went to the junior day and was talking to coach Diaz and coach Stroud, and they had told me they wanted me to come by one of the days they didn’t have spring practice so we could sit down and talk some more and show my family around,” Nolton said. “But because of the coronavirus, that didn’t happen. I’m just waiting to see what happens with [the quarantine].”

How has Nolton been dealing with the impact of the quarantines over the past few months?

“I’ve just been working, every day just doing something,” Nolton said. “I’m either working out with my coaches, my family members, or my teammates. In recruiting, I’ve been getting a lot of offers, but the main thing I’m focused on is working to get a state championship next season.”

Nolton recruitment certainly has been picking up steam, as he has been one of the hottest prospects in the country lately, landing offers from LSU, Alabama, UF, Penn State, FSU, and USC in the past three weeks alone. Nolton was looking to visit LSU, UF, and South Carolina for summer camps, but says that the schools cancelled those events. The only trip he is planning to reschedule thus far is to LSU, and Nolton says he is talking with Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron to set up a visit for a game in Baton Rouge this season.

“With them, I don’t really know too much, but it’s all about coach O, he’s real cool and a nice guy,” Nolton said of LSU. “We talk about family and being at home, how we can build a good relationship together and win national championships. He’s just talking to me and making me like LSU a lot.”

Current Hurricane and former Champagnat Catholic DE Gregory Rousseau set the ACC on fire last season as a redshirt freshman, making himself known by racking up 19.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks and putting himself squarely in the discussion to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. According to Nolton, who is friendly with Rousseau, that effort was definitely noticed by local recruits as well.

“I like what he did for UM, it’s really a blessing for Greg because I know how he was hurt and everything,” Nolton said. “My coach knows him really well and knows what type of person he is. I talk to Greg a lot and we have a really good relationship. I’m just happy for him and I hope he has another really good season and the Canes have a good season. I just wish the best for him.

“I will say about Greg having a good year, that really raised a lot of eyebrows for me and some other local kids that you can go to UM, stay home and break records and you could do big things and make it to the NFL. So Greg really gave us confidence that we could do it.”

That discussion has continued over at Miami Edison, where Nolton says some of his teammates talk about what it would be like to all stay home to play at UM in the future. In the 2022 class, Edison has three other players that have UM offers, including 4-star ATH Syveion Ellis, 3-star LB Leon Hart, and OG Jeffrey Bonica.

“We’ll talk about it sometimes,” Nolton said. “For the most part, all of us like Miami, so it’s not like somebody is against it. We like Miami, it’s the hometown team. The most we’ve been saying is we can all go to the games and check it out, or all go together in the summer to the campus for a visit.”

Ultimately, Nolton’s college decision is going to come down to where he feels he is the best fit, and he says he isn't far from a commitment.

“I was going to make a decision this summer, but since we can’t go out and see everything, I think it’s going to be in the middle of my junior year heading into the playoffs,” Nolton said. “I want to focus on somewhere that’s going to help me get my education, a place I have good relationships with the coaches, and somewhere that’s winning. It’s important to have a winning culture, I don’t want to go to a school with a bunch of bad energy between the kids and the coaches because they’re not winning. I want somewhere I can compete and play hard.”

With that being said, what was Nolton’s reaction to Manny Diaz’s first season at the helm of the Hurricanes, in which the team finished a disappointing 6-7?

“I’m not worried about Miami,” Nolton said. “It was coach Diaz’s first year and he has a new offensive coordinator now. I have faith in coach Manny Diaz that Miami is going to be pretty good this year. I just like him as a coach, he’s a good coach.”

Nolton spent his first two years of high school playing at Miami Christian before transferring to Miami Edison over the offseason, and has big goals set for his junior season with the Red Raiders in 2020.

“I just have fun out there, I like to have fun when I’m playing football. I just like to compete and I’m not going to be satisfied if I’m beating someone all game, I’m going to keep going at them. I just want to love what I’m doing. I think my best skill is probably rushing the passer, but I’m working hard to be an all-around D-End and win a state championship.”

Dudes a young monster
 
That quote about the kids seeing Greg ball out & kids noticing you can go to the NFL from Miami is HUGE! We need him & Brevin to go in the first round & have a good season. The floodgates will open! Hell, I think King balling out will do the same. This is such a huge year for us.
Hell yeah
 
Since earning an offer from the Miami Hurricanes last June after impressing the coaching staff in-person at a Manny Diaz summer camp on campus, Miami Edison (FL) 4-star DE Francois Nolton has been one of UM’s top targets in the 2022 class and Nolton has reciprocated that interest with multiple visits to Coral Gables.

“I’ve been to campus a couple times and I’ve talked to most of the coaches – coach (Manny) Diaz, coach (Blake) Baker, coach (Ephraim) Banda, coach (Todd) Stroud, and coach (Jake) Swalley.

“Every time I go there, they show me a lot of love and tell me they can’t wait to have me in the green and orange. I really like Miami, I grew up a Miami fan, a lot of my family grew up fans too. My grandma stays like 5 minutes from the school, it’s basically home. Every time I go on campus, they just build a better relationship with me.”

The 6-4 225 pound local star last visited UM for their junior day event in late January, which attracted tons of talent all over the state. While that event was meant to have more mass appeal, the Miami coaches were trying to get Nolton back on campus soon after for a more personal visit.

“I had went to the junior day and was talking to coach Diaz and coach Stroud, and they had told me they wanted me to come by one of the days they didn’t have spring practice so we could sit down and talk some more and show my family around,” Nolton said. “But because of the coronavirus, that didn’t happen. I’m just waiting to see what happens with [the quarantine].”

How has Nolton been dealing with the impact of the quarantines over the past few months?

“I’ve just been working, every day just doing something,” Nolton said. “I’m either working out with my coaches, my family members, or my teammates. In recruiting, I’ve been getting a lot of offers, but the main thing I’m focused on is working to get a state championship next season.”

Nolton recruitment certainly has been picking up steam, as he has been one of the hottest prospects in the country lately, landing offers from LSU, Alabama, UF, Penn State, FSU, and USC in the past three weeks alone. Nolton was looking to visit LSU, UF, and South Carolina for summer camps, but says that the schools cancelled those events. The only trip he is planning to reschedule thus far is to LSU, and Nolton says he is talking with Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron to set up a visit for a game in Baton Rouge this season.

“With them, I don’t really know too much, but it’s all about coach O, he’s real cool and a nice guy,” Nolton said of LSU. “We talk about family and being at home, how we can build a good relationship together and win national championships. He’s just talking to me and making me like LSU a lot.”

Current Hurricane and former Champagnat Catholic DE Gregory Rousseau set the ACC on fire last season as a redshirt freshman, making himself known by racking up 19.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks and putting himself squarely in the discussion to be a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. According to Nolton, who is friendly with Rousseau, that effort was definitely noticed by local recruits as well.

“I like what he did for UM, it’s really a blessing for Greg because I know how he was hurt and everything,” Nolton said. “My coach knows him really well and knows what type of person he is. I talk to Greg a lot and we have a really good relationship. I’m just happy for him and I hope he has another really good season and the Canes have a good season. I just wish the best for him.

“I will say about Greg having a good year, that really raised a lot of eyebrows for me and some other local kids that you can go to UM, stay home and break records and you could do big things and make it to the NFL. So Greg really gave us confidence that we could do it.”

That discussion has continued over at Miami Edison, where Nolton says some of his teammates talk about what it would be like to all stay home to play at UM in the future. In the 2022 class, Edison has three other players that have UM offers, including 4-star ATH Syveion Ellis, 3-star LB Leon Hart, and OG Jeffrey Bonica.

“We’ll talk about it sometimes,” Nolton said. “For the most part, all of us like Miami, so it’s not like somebody is against it. We like Miami, it’s the hometown team. The most we’ve been saying is we can all go to the games and check it out, or all go together in the summer to the campus for a visit.”

Ultimately, Nolton’s college decision is going to come down to where he feels he is the best fit, and he says he isn't far from a commitment.

“I was going to make a decision this summer, but since we can’t go out and see everything, I think it’s going to be in the middle of my junior year heading into the playoffs,” Nolton said. “I want to focus on somewhere that’s going to help me get my education, a place I have good relationships with the coaches, and somewhere that’s winning. It’s important to have a winning culture, I don’t want to go to a school with a bunch of bad energy between the kids and the coaches because they’re not winning. I want somewhere I can compete and play hard.”

With that being said, what was Nolton’s reaction to Manny Diaz’s first season at the helm of the Hurricanes, in which the team finished a disappointing 6-7?

“I’m not worried about Miami,” Nolton said. “It was coach Diaz’s first year and he has a new offensive coordinator now. I have faith in coach Manny Diaz that Miami is going to be pretty good this year. I just like him as a coach, he’s a good coach.”

Nolton spent his first two years of high school playing at Miami Christian before transferring to Miami Edison over the offseason, and has big goals set for his junior season with the Red Raiders in 2020.

“I just have fun out there, I like to have fun when I’m playing football. I just like to compete and I’m not going to be satisfied if I’m beating someone all game, I’m going to keep going at them. I just want to love what I’m doing. I think my best skill is probably rushing the passer, but I’m working hard to be an all-around D-End and win a state championship.”

Stefan Adam's what's the deal with the other three teammates you mentioned in the article?
 
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we are going to have to deal with Luke alot in the next few years....Miami Edison is loaded for the next few classes.
I think he's still a Cane at heart and like the kids wants The U to reciprocate. I hung out with Luke et al on the sideline at the O Bowl and he had nothing but love for the U and repping all things City of Miami.
 
So South Florida is kind of loaded at DE for 2022 eh?
 
I think he's still a Cane at heart and like the kids wants The U to reciprocate. I hung out with Luke et al on the sideline at the O Bowl and he had nothing but love for the U and repping all things City of Miami.
You must have caught him on a good day. On his bad days, he's threatening to release information and get UM the death penalty, sending kids away from UM for a paycheck, and getting into twitter beefs with real Canes like Jon Vilma. Fvck that dude. He's not a Cane at heart or anywhere else. He just liked the swag of our gear back in the day when UM was on top. Big old clown.
 
I think he's still a Cane at heart and like the kids wants The U to reciprocate. I hung out with Luke et al on the sideline at the O Bowl and he had nothing but love for the U and repping all things City of Miami.
He is. The group he has now has some um caliber targets so hopefully we really recruit them. They got some transfer kids over there since last semester and have some real talented underclassmen on the OL. They have about 3 OL right now that are power 5 level players as underclassmen.

Their new qb may creep in if he can out up numbers as a group of 5 qb..he's about 6'3-6'4 215 with a solid arm.
 
I will never forget:

"If he were white, being from Miami, he'd be God's gift to America. If they don't start Ryan Collins, the University of Miami will get the death penalty. I will tell all. I will tell everything I know to the NCAA. If he doesn't go out there for the first play versus UCLA, I'll give you all the violations from 1986 to last year. As of now, I don't know anything. I'm stupid. But if Ryan doesn't start, Butch is going to wish he never took that job."

-Uncle Puke
 

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6'2"
295
Miami, FL
DT
6'4"
290
Miami, FL
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6'0"
225
Hollywood, FL
TE
6'4"
210
Frisco, TX
OT
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255
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CB
5'10"
145
Miami, FL
TE
6'2"
205
Miami, FL
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160
Fort Myers, FL
C
6'3"
280
Miami, FL
OLB
6'3"
205
Miami, FL

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