Francis Kallon, Georgia’s Tech No. 1 recruit, offered by Tennessee Volunteers

So much, so fast. After moving from England, Francis Kallon has learned the sport of football at a rapid pace. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound DE is committed to Georgia Tech (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

So much, so fast. After moving from England, Francis Kallon has learned the sport of football at a rapid pace. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound DE is committed to Georgia Tech (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Tennessee is making a hard push to sway Georgia Tech’s top football commitment.

The Volunteers stopped by Central Gwinnett High School on Friday to offer a football scholarship to defensive end Francis Kallon, who committed to Georgia Tech earlier this summer.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Kallon is in his first year of playing football after moving from London, England.

However, Sir Francis has had a dominating start to senior season at Central Gwinnett, which plays in the state’s largest classification. Through two games, Kallon has 19 total tackles, 6 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

Central Gwinnett plays South Gwinnett at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Alabama, UGA, Auburn, South Carolina are among the numerous other schools that have shown heavy interest recently in Kallon.

Sir Francis has said repeatedly that he remains committed to Georgia Tech.

UPDATE: Alabama was at Central Gwinnett’s practice on Friday evening and is considering offering Kallon.

What do I think? No real surprise here. Like we’ve said before and will say again, Kallon has an excellent chance of finishing his one and only year of high school football as one of Georgia’s top 5 overall college football prospects. He’s a 5-star recruit in every area but experience. And just like with all elite recruits who are committed, other schools will continue to recruit them until National Signing Day. Tennessee is the first of several more offers that will coming Kallon’s way.

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73 comments Add your comment

ATL Vol

September 16th, 2011
1:43 pm

Who would want to play for a bunch of cheaters at Georgia Tech anyways? Your school is on NCAA probation. Come to Rocky Top to play for the brightest young coach in college football!!!

Gold & White

September 16th, 2011
1:49 pm

Just remember a couple of things: We offer the better academics; recognized your abilities earlier; have a far greater need of your talents; and will not be flying rebel flags in our parking lots while you fight for your team. Not a single SEC school can say those things except Vanderbilt. We love you!!!

PJ whiffs again

September 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

If a project is techs best recruit , then there are problems

Jacket Man

September 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

Ga Tech’s Assistant Coach, who was on campus visiting another player, saw Francis and suggested he go out for the football team otherwise we wouldn’t even be having this discussion. Even the Head Football Coach at the High School missed on Francis.

Francis is also very in tune to getting a quality education, and he, and his family, are well aware of GA Tech’s international reputation coming to Atlanta from England.

No disrespect to any other program, but Francis realizes that had the GA Tech coach not encouraged him to go out for football, he wouldn’t have been offered a full scholarship to one of the premier college programs in the world, and he appreciates it.

Stinger2

September 16th, 2011
2:01 pm

Not at all surprised. Its the way the recruiting game works today in college sports. This is why I like Paul Johnson`s policy. It may seem harsh but its the only way to protect the school from losing an opportunity to sign another player if a schlorship has been committed then subsequently ditched by someone who leaves for a greener pasture.

Another problem is that the NCAA permits schools to offer schloraships to underclass hight school players. They shuold restrict offers only to seniors.

GeoffDawg

September 16th, 2011
2:01 pm

Geez Gold & White, tone it down a notch. You’re going to creep him out.

Michael Carvell

September 16th, 2011
2:02 pm

@PJ whiffs again, I’m not sure what you mean. Every kid coming out of high school is a “project.” Yes, every other Georgia 2012 football prospect has more HS playing experience than Francis Kallon, but maybe only 2-3 more in the entire state have more upside potential. College football teams recruit by potential (what you may develop into one day) rather than production (what you’re doing now)

Rocky Top '94

September 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

@Jacket Man, please pass on the thanks to the Georgia Tech assistant who “discovered” Francis, or whatever you’re rambling about. Now that Francis is found, we will take him from you bunch of NCAA cheaters.

Glenn

September 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

We wouldn’t even be having this conversation except a GA Tech assistant coach was on campus looking at another recruit and saw Francis walking around the halls. He struck up a conversation and suggested he try out for the football team; even the high school head coach missed on Francis.

I would add that education is a huge factor for Francis and his family, and since their family came to the area from England, they already had a strong favorable opinion of GA Tech based on it’s international reputation.

I’m not making these comments to disrespect any of the other programs but to put Francis’ recruitment into perspective.

JB

September 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

Really only shot Derek has, look South To Georgia for ball players. This State is LOADED, thus the uproar of a faltering Georgia team. Way to many Elites leave this state….

TyTy Football Guru

September 16th, 2011
2:20 pm

Good Luck, Francis!

Tech is better than Tennessee any day!

the real Old Gold

September 16th, 2011
2:24 pm

Vols fans talking about cheating at Athletics. Pot and the Kettle.

rduck

September 16th, 2011
2:24 pm

no big suprise that the factories are gonna come calling this young man. i do feel though that this young man is committed to playing at Tech and getting a very good education. keep your priorities straight young man. football doesn’t last forever. glad to have you on board and looking very much forward to seeing you in old gold and white down on the Flats at Historic Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Go Jackets!!!

rduck

September 16th, 2011
2:27 pm

the real Old Gold: i agree. apparently the names Kiffin and Pearl do not ring a bell to these guys. also, it’s called the “Fulmer Cup” for a certain coach at a certain school he coached for a reason…

BD

September 16th, 2011
2:27 pm

Tennessee is an insignificant school academically. Nuff said.

GTJason

September 16th, 2011
2:28 pm

I was raised a UT fan, went to GT and UT fans calling GT cheaters… Hello pot, meet kettle! UT recruits itself, it’s a football factory. Win at all costs, ask Dooley…

Big Bad Bee

September 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

Rocky Top ‘94

Keep dreaming Billy Bob, go have have some more shine of your rocky top

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2011
2:29 pm

Stay in State…. get a great degree…. go Dwags !!!!

Destin Dawg

September 16th, 2011
2:30 pm

Go Dawgs !!!

GeoffDawg

September 16th, 2011
2:38 pm

Why the heck was my first comment about the NCAA removed? No bad language, no inflammatory rhetoric, just the facts.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 16th, 2011
2:45 pm

Classy guy, will be a great addition to the GT team. He won’t change his mind. Why ride a scooter when you ride a Harley. ” BUST KANSAS IN THE MOUTH “

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 16th, 2011
2:48 pm

Destin Dawg, what’s up with Adams trippin’ on the fans? I think he needs to chill. The fans are a little restless as they should be. UGA should smoke CC.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 16th, 2011
2:51 pm

Good job, MC.

Ramnlin Man

September 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

Not going to pretend that keeping this kid won’t be a fight, but I feel pretty confident that GT will not lose him to Tenn.. Francis and his parents value education and they really like GT. Francis was seperated from his dad for years and probably wants to stay close. He has said he is fully commited to GT and really likes everything they have to offer him.

Ramnlin Man

September 16th, 2011
3:04 pm

GeoffDawg,
It has become a secondary violation for a GT or UGA fan to mention the NCAA.

BigTimeTechFan

September 16th, 2011
3:17 pm

Yea, Tennessee did the same thing last year with Shaq Mason, never offered him or even looked at him till he commited to Tech. Do they not have anyone at their school with connections directly to HS coaches or do they just go by Rivals/Scout/ESPN

By the way Shaq played very nice last week, going to be a big time player for Tech.

Delbert D.

September 16th, 2011
3:20 pm

London to Knoxville? Big culture shock. I’ve lived in both places.

1eyedJack

September 16th, 2011
3:21 pm

Bless his heart, he just don’t know any better. ;)

1eyedJack

September 16th, 2011
3:27 pm

Since Towers won’t let me post on his blog from my house I just wanted to give Larry Munson a shout out.

Larry, even though it seems like the whole world and Lady Luck has turned her back on us, don’t worry the Dawgs are going to be fine this year. Hunker down one more time you old Hairy Dawg.

Ramnlin Man

September 16th, 2011
3:43 pm

Me thinks Mr. Carvell does like to stir the pot with the latest recruiting blogs.

ed

September 16th, 2011
3:47 pm

better not schedule a visit, fish fry ain’t going to like that

thegingerninja

September 16th, 2011
4:10 pm

What!!!?!?!?!? You mean Larry’s still alive!?!?!? I thought he bit the ole dog bisquit in the sky years ago!?!?!? At least Larry caught a cold in september, thats more than Uga’s recievers have!!!!

thegingerninja

September 16th, 2011
4:12 pm

sorry, biscuit. was happy to here about ole larry.

Bob Loblaw

September 16th, 2011
4:12 pm

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reebok

September 16th, 2011
4:16 pm

the football factories are going to come at this young man hard…i hope he has the character to stick w/ his commitment. GO JACKETS!

slydog

September 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

Jacket Man

You just made me sob with your heartfelt story….lmao… So, is this another fake story like the blindside? Francis Kallon needed some coach to save his life? Now because some GT Coach has all of a sudden “opened” his eyes, then all of the real football schools will come a calling. Kallon is no GT LOCK till signing day. The money hasn’t changed hands yet.

slydog

September 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

And as far as Tennessee offering a recruit after another school does, is simply business. No school, no matter the budget, can see, scout, review, and evaluate all of the players they would like to have on their roster. When a school offers a potential recruit, it sets off a domino effect of” can the kid play in the sec” or whatever conference, since another D1 school offered. Your scouts, recruiters, and other recruiting services can only point you to certain players at certain positions within a limited amount of time. Why do you think UGA is so late with virtually all of their offers in state? They spent most of their time looking elsewhere because they already have a handle on elite players in state. To Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina, elsewhere is here.

Paddy

September 16th, 2011
4:28 pm

Jasper Sanks was a project also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thegingerninja

September 16th, 2011
4:28 pm

Wow , slydog doesn’t know who to be jealous of in this story Ut or Gt. Hey sly, I hear Maryland catholic school for the blind girls has an overweight girl that would fit perfect in Uga’s lineman stable. Go get her Richt!!

thegingerninja

September 16th, 2011
4:30 pm

That “dream team” has looked GREAT so far!!!! I think I saw the good ole Rev. Drew on the sidelines last sat. scratchin his butt!!!!

GeoffDawg

September 16th, 2011
4:32 pm

That sounds more like a GT cheerleader ginger.

Fan

September 16th, 2011
4:40 pm

Tenn. haha. watch uf crush them tomorrow.

Schooled

September 16th, 2011
4:44 pm

Who’d want to to to uga after the downward spiral they are on.

Joe

September 16th, 2011
4:51 pm

Georgia Tech is a much better option for him than Tennessee.

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

September 16th, 2011
5:03 pm

1eyedJack

September 16th, 2011
5:06 pm

Well, I just hope he stays in state.

Mel

September 16th, 2011
5:08 pm

Give me a break with the “cheaters” talk. I’ve seen 2 year olds do worse things than what we got put on probation for.

Rob

September 16th, 2011
5:08 pm

Just curious: Why do you say “Kallon” on second reference, and then “Sir Francis” for the rest of the story? I found that confusing.

Edward

September 16th, 2011
5:08 pm

It’s tacky (and a little lazy) to refer to someone from England who hasn’t been knighted as “Sir”.

IHATEUGA1990

September 16th, 2011
5:26 pm

I have 20 bucks that this kid will go somewhere else! GT is known for losing recruits to the bigger schools