Guess what kept Georgia Tech’s No. 1 football recruit from making an unofficial visit to archrival UGA last week?
This is a good story. Refreshing.
Francis Kallon, the star defensive end from England who is playing his first year of high school football, didn’t go to UGA last Saturday because he had to take the SAT.
What’s really interesting about that is that the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder has already has an outstanding SAT score of 1,530. But his parents, who wouldn’t allow Francis to play football unless he made straight A’s, want a better score.
“I think his parents think the higher he scores on the SAT, the more money he will get for his football scholarship — but he’s already getting a full scholarship,” Central Gwinnett High School coach Todd Wofford said with a laugh. “But hey, you have to admire how his parents stress academics.”
UGA is the latest school showing interest in Kallon, who is rocketing up the charts with his recruiting rankings. He recently was awarded a 4-star by both ESPN and Scout.com.
Remember when Vanderbilt coach James Franklin was flying in a helicopter around Atlanta to a pair of games to see prospects last Friday night? Kallon was the purpose of Vanderbilt’s first stop at Central Gwinnett’s game against Dacula.
Kallon committed to Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt last summer.
“Vanderbilt had already offered me a scholarship but Coach Franklin told me he wanted to see if I was the real deal,” Kallon said. “He wanted to see with his own eyes. I wanted to play my best if someone is coming to the game in a helicopter. [Franklin] told me after the game that I was going to become a great football player.”
Back to UGA: The Bulldogs, which have yet to offer, invited Kallon up for an unofficial visit for the Mississippi State game. “They said the head coach at Georgia wants to talk to me; that’s as far as I know,” Kallon said. “I don’t know much about Georgia, other than that they are rivals with Georgia Tech. They are located in Athens and they have a good football team.”
Said Wofford, “UGA wanted to set up a meeting so [Mark Richt] could get a feel for Francis, and Francis could get a feel for Georgia. It didn’t work out. Georgia said they wanted him to come back in November for one of their home games. We’ll see if it works out.”
Kallon, as he has stated all along, insists that he is 100-percent committed to Georgia Tech. However, he said he may be attending an Auburn game with his teammate, Central Gwinnett junior linebacker Trey Johnson, who has already committed to the SEC West school. He may also be attending games at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Alabama. [Note: Alabama and Auburn haven't offered Kallon yet but have stopped by the school to check on him]
“His father wants Francis to see some games at other schools to have something to compare to Georgia Tech,” Wofford said. “He’s new to football, and they want to see some game atmospheres and college campuses.”
What about Georgia Tech fans worried about Francis visiting other schools? “Georgia Tech is tearing it up in football. He’s not running away from Georgia Tech. He just doesn’t have anything to compare with Georgia Tech.”
Kallon echoed his coach. “Georgia Tech is 5-0. They are really doing well. I’m excited about playing for Georgia Tech next year. I want to go to some other games, but they [Georgia Tech] trust me. They know I’m still committed there.”
Note: In case you missed it, here’s a must-read story on Francis by Todd Holcomb for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Click on link for story
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