Maurice Ffrench was one of the most consistent and productive wide receivers in recent Pitt football history.
During his senior season in 2019, Ffrench pulled in 96 receptions for 850 yards, this despite missing two games. At the time, the 96 catches broke Larry Fitzgerald’s record of receptions (92) in a single season.
The University of Pittsburgh recognized French’s outstanding career by awarding him the prestigious Panther Award, which is given to a Pitt senior student-athlete who best promotes Pitt through their career. Winners of the Panther Award have their names engraved on the Varsity Walk on Pitt’s campus.
If the Pitt coaches get their way, another member of the Ffrench family will wear a Panther uniform.
On Thursday, Tiquan Underwood extended an offer to Ffrench’s younger brother, Jaime. The younger Ffrench is a freshman wide receiver at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Florida.
Despite being a freshman, Ffrench is already attracting major attention having received offers from Georgia, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State and West Virginia. This morning, Ffrench added an offer from Michigan.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Ffrench on Thursday evening and got his reaction to this big family news.
“This really meant a lot, it really did,” said Ffrench. “Getting all these offers so early us really a dream come true, especially getting thus one from Pitt. The fact that I’ve received this many offers already is just crazy and something I didn’t expect, especially this offer from Pitt.”
” I got the offer from Pitt’s new wide receivers coach, who told my head coach. As soon as I got the offer, I texted my mom, then my brother and they were so excited and told me congratulations.”
Maurice is currently a member of the Los Angeles Chargers and Jaime feels fortunate that he’ll be able to have him on his side to help him navigate him over what will no doubt be a busy next few years.
”Maurice was really excited and told me what a good place Pitt was for him,” said Ffrench. “I honestly feel blessed to have my brother by my side to help me with all of this. Not too many people can say they have a brother currently playing in the NFL by their side. I plan on trying to learn from him and ask a lot of questions. I feel so blessed.”
Jaime tells me that he’s been to Pittsburgh plenty of times over Maurice’s Pitt career and one moment that he really remembers is a game in 2018 against Duke where Maurice scored two touchdowns, the second of which happened with 5 seconds left that broke a 45-45 tie.
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— Jaime Ffrench Jr. (@jaimeffrenchjr) November 9, 2021