Christiano Francois, considered by many the top remaining prospect in the Class of 2012, verbally committed to the University of Maryland on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Francois, a native of Haiti, scored 43 goals to lead St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) to a 24-0 season and the POWERADE FAB 50 No. 1 ranking for the fall. Francois' commitment now takes care of St. Benedict's top two senior prospects as Chris Hernandez has decided to turn pro this year.
Francois told ESPNHS that Maryland was his favorite in part because the Terps have another Haitian player on the roster. Maryland won out of St. John's and Connecticut.
He plays club soccer for PDA in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, where he has scored three goals in five matches this season.
Francois joins a Maryland recruiting class that includes Michael Ambrose of Texas, Dakota Edwards and Donovan Fraser from New York, Dakota Niedermeier of Maryland and Ntokozo Tshuma of Zimbabwe who currently resides in Virginia.