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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.”

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

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

BIG STORIES OF THE DAY

Creekside DB Davion Tookes visited Virginia Tech over the weekend. He is a longtime commitment to the Hokies (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Creekside DB Davion Tookes visited Virginia Tech over the weekend. He is a longtime commitment to the Hokies (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

  • North Gwinnett DL Jordan Washington talks about his Ohio State offer (click on story link)
  • Guess who was waiting on Atlanta basketball star Tony Parker when he returned from his official visit to UCLA? Coach K. The Duke coach has launched an all-out effort to land TP (click on story link)
  • Vanderbilt (yes, Vanderbilt) is recruiting Atlanta in a way that would make Lane Kiffin proud. Vanderbilt’s coach cruised to a pair of high school games on Friday in a helicopter (click on story link)
  • Will OL Brandon Kublanow commit to UGA after getting his “dream offer” this weekend? (click on story link)
  • Steve Spurrier gets commitment from Columbia HS defensive end Jhaustin Thomas (click on story link)
  • Twin sons of ex-NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock are headed to Kentucky — but to play football (click on story link)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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192 comments Add your comment

iTiSi

October 5th, 2011
4:41 am

When I saw that headline about the GA TECH recruit it reminded me of the joke that was going around in South GA many years ago. Seems a young lad who had committed to UGA got talked into paying a visit to GA TECH one weekend. He was a very sheltered young boy who had hardly gotten out of South GA. His dad loaned him his car and told him to jump on I75 and just go North following the signs all the way. About 3 hrs. after he had left his dad saw him pulling back up in the front driveway. His dad ran out thinking something was wrong, and said “what happened, why are you back”. The kid said, “Atlanta aint there no more”. Dad says, “what do you mean Atlanta aint there no more?” Kid says, “there was a sign just north of Macon that says, ‘ATLANTA LEFT’ so I figured I might as well turn around and come back home”. (Sounds like he may have been more the GA type than the GA TECH type,huh?)

south

October 5th, 2011
7:24 am

I thought CPJ doesn’t allow commits to visit other schools….what’s different here?

George Stein

October 5th, 2011
7:37 am

Timing, south.

Herschel Talker

October 5th, 2011
7:40 am

CPJ needs a bra.

Damon

October 5th, 2011
7:45 am

Georgia Tech is 5-0!!!

October 5th, 2011
7:45 am

Who would want any recruit to go to UGA? Your head coach will be fired at the end of the season. Your offensive coordinator is a joke and only keeps his job because he’s Vince Dooley’s nephew by marriage. Your coaches are geniuses with evaluating talent, recruiting Cam Newton as a TIGHT END!! Your town is located in the middle of a cow pasture.

Francis, come to the Flats and play for UNDEFEATED 5-0 Georgia Tech. We’re going to win another ACC championship. All we do is win under coach Johnson.

dap01

October 5th, 2011
7:45 am

I think he should go to Tech. His parents and all of his home town will have no trouble getting tickets and if his parents are at the game, they attendance will be 34,002.

He will probably enjoy playing on Thursday nights with Bowling Green and other teams that really can’t be on TV during Saturday’s real games.

Herschel Talker

October 5th, 2011
7:57 am

“All we do is win under coach Johnson.”

Except when it comes to playing the Dawgs. Our worst team in years beat your best team in years in your house in 2009. We own you. You are tools.

Dawgmess

October 5th, 2011
7:59 am

Remarkable kid! It’ll be fun watching him wherever he goes to school.

collegefball

October 5th, 2011
8:01 am

“He will probably enjoy playing on Thursday nights with Bowling Green and other teams that really can’t be on TV during Saturday’s real games.”
—–
Might want to check who played on Thursday September 15th. I’ll give you a hint, it was LSU and Mississippi State.

Luke

October 5th, 2011
8:03 am

And our first team ever under Johnson that was slated to be second to last in the ACC beat your pre-season number 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs at your place in ‘08. C’mon HT, I know you have better than that. “You are tools.”? Seriously?

Blackoutanyone?

October 5th, 2011
8:06 am

Joe Schmoe

October 5th, 2011
8:09 am

Yes dap01, cause losers like Bama, LSU, Miss State, ect… play on Thursdays non real games. UGA loser, go back to mowing lawns, and getting a 12 pack of 5 dollar steel reserve once your shift is over.

cdpridg

October 5th, 2011
8:12 am

Michael…..don’t think that I don’t know what you did here…..smart…anything to get people to scan your article?

.

October 5th, 2011
8:12 am

If CPJ is not completely full of it he will immediately pull this kids offer. That is his policy after all and we know what a man of integrity he is — we are reminded daily by the CPJ sycophants. No exceptions coach, pull it now or you are just the big blow hard that everyone assumed you to be anyway.

JAWJeRDAWG

October 5th, 2011
8:13 am

If I’m understanding this correctly:

Considering Coach Johnson’s long-standing policy that he doesn’t tolerate commited recruits taking visits to other schools after their commitment to Georgia Tech, it will be interesting to see how he handles Francis Kallon doing so, if he does. ..

Not saying CPJ is right or wrong in his policy; just that it will be interesting to see this play out.

Whatever the outcome, congratulations to you, young Francis Kallon, on your GT scholarship offer, and good luck to you in the classroom and on the gridiron. You truly are gifted both academically and athletically.

S GA AU FAN

October 5th, 2011
8:19 am

So what’s wrong with having a little pocket change for the weekend?

ATL SPORTS FAN

October 5th, 2011
8:28 am

Georgia Tech is 5-0, is that you Tide Roll. Sir you’ve been figured out. Interesting you bring up Cam Newton. He was never recruited by UGA as a tight end. He was told they already had Matthew Stafford, and if he wanted to get on the field quickly it would be as a receiver or at tight end. Love, how the mis informed (AJC) and others on these blogs just love to bash everything about UGA.

RedandBlackDAWG

October 5th, 2011
8:29 am

This kid already said he was going to Tech. a few months back because it is close to his family, and it appears that hasn’t changed. He has had some interest from other SEC schools, but no official scholarship offers, as the experience level he has , seems to have thrown most of them off. SEC schools usually can hold off for those with more game experience, becasue it is a big jump from high school to college for the majority of kids anyway, and the SEC is a conference, where year in and year out, the competition to compete and finish first is always high, so investing time in developing a player is not something they look forward to doing.
Wish the kid a lot or luck, and I believe he will be, most likely, a better scholar than athlete, but one never knows for sure. He is smart enough to handle both, but I hope he really puts in the time in his books, since that is what his parents want and he appears to want also.

ATL SPORTS FAN

October 5th, 2011
8:33 am

Interesting records from 2008-2010. Guess who’s recirds these are from 2008-2010.

26-14
24-15

All we do is WIN!!

Herschel Talker

October 5th, 2011
8:36 am

Luke:

You clown. You have 1 win in 10 years. You have nothing to discuss.

HT

bo-bo

October 5th, 2011
8:42 am

Coach Johnson pretty damn smart he was 1st on the kid and the kids parents want him to have a great Education…Thats GT not UGA.

Besides there is no telling who will be the Coach at UGA when finishes HS.

roughrider

October 5th, 2011
8:48 am

I thought CPJ did not put up with this.

bucket

October 5th, 2011
8:51 am

This is hillarious reading Tech fans bragging about being 5-0 and ranked when God and everybody knows they have played absolutely NOBODY!!!! Try playing a team in the Top 50 before you start talking smack. As a Dawg fan it pains me to say that Tech is pretty good and the last game of the season should be very interesting, but the records at this point are meaningless because UGA has already played 2 of the best teams in the country and Tech hasn’t faced any real competetion to this point.

jb

October 5th, 2011
8:51 am

Dawg fans don’t need to worry about CPJ’s policy.

Just worry about keeping your own players out of jail…DUI’s,etc

Mike

October 5th, 2011
8:54 am

This kid cares about education. Uga fans can quietly forget about it, as GT has it all over Uga when it comes to any and all things related to eduction.

bucket

October 5th, 2011
8:55 am

I expect Carvell’s next article to be that CPJ has pulled Kallon’s scholarship because as CPJ put it, “If you’re still visiting then you are not committed.” If the true story is that the reason Kallon didn’t visit UGA Saturday was that he was taking to SAT, then Kallon is still visiting and thus is still looking and thus is not committed.

Tenn fan

October 5th, 2011
8:57 am

bucket, you get a dream team, 4 & 5 star players and still can’t win the big one. Like the Braves..losers!

bucket

October 5th, 2011
8:59 am

See you Saturday Tenn fan.

O-me

October 5th, 2011
9:03 am

UGA players leaving like crazy..Richt can’t coach, most players end up in jail, fans leave the place looking like trash dump, students raped. Need I say more?

Just Saying

October 5th, 2011
9:03 am

GT is 5-0 @7:45
Why go to The University of Georgia? I suppose it depends upon his academic interest. If he wants to pursue Biology, Medicine, Botany, Bio-tech, Science Research or similar sciences then he attends The University where he has can opportunity to earn a great degree. Perhaps the name Dr Roosevelt Gilliam rings a bell. If he’s into Engineering then it’s GT.

As for the campus in Athens and your cow pasture assertion, I suppose that’s better than being in the middle of a crime ridden area where students are mugged, robbed daily and the campus bears little resemblance to a classic college campus.

As for winning the ACC, ok fine, yet beating The Dawgs is a once a decade accident.

As for Cam Newton, what did GT recruit him as? Believe Chan Gailey offered late as a TE. Same position Georgia, Clemson, FSU did. Aub Ala didn’t offer as a QB out of HS, only Fla did. Helps to know The Truth.

bo-bo. If the young man wants a great education he should sign with Vanderbilt.

One 'Dog Gone Too Long!

October 5th, 2011
9:04 am

Sorry, Techsters, but 1530 is NOT!!!!!! an “outstanding SAT score!” Instead, 1530 is pretty much AVERAGE!

Tenn fan

October 5th, 2011
9:06 am

Looking forward to it bucket.

paul

October 5th, 2011
9:10 am

who said it was a great score dawggie?

5150 UOAD

October 5th, 2011
9:13 am

One ‘Dog Gone Too Long!

Average SAT score? What do the UGA players Average on the SAT? I will bet the UGA football team doesn’t come close to averaging 1530.

All male students who entered UGA in 2007 -– the most recent year covered by the report -– had an average standardized-test (SAT and converted ACT) score of 1250. By comparison, male student-athletes who initially enrolled in 2007 had an average score of 998. Football players had an average of 916 and men’s basketball players 906.

Dawg Fud

October 5th, 2011
9:13 am

This young man is remarkable and his parents stance on academics is refreshing. I wish him the best.

I thought Tech had its ACC titile revoked? Wasn’t that trophy shipped to Winston-Salem?

Dawg Fud

October 5th, 2011
9:15 am

I have all the respect in the worl for GA Tech but don’t feed me this crap about every footbal player majoring in engineering.

In the 70’s, Tech engineering students used to make fun of their peers in the School of Management. I am sure it was tongue in cheek but guess who gives the most money back to Tech? School of Mgt graduates. So save the BS about engineering dominating the world.

5150 UOAD

October 5th, 2011
9:16 am

A UGA fan calling a 1530 average is funny! I guess All MALES at UGA are way Below average then. Your football team must just be DUNB as rocks then.

tide roll

October 5th, 2011
9:17 am

Hey, Georgia Tech is 5-0 !!! is exactly right about Bobo. He’s married to Barbara Dooley’s neice, her brother’s daughter. Incredible conflict of interest. She’s probably staying at Derek’s house this weekend with the rest of the Dooley Clan. Why not hire someone with proper credentials? Maybe “Slick Richt” could borrow Gus Malzaln this weekend. Bobo won’t mind. Would rather be a home drnking cold beer anyway. WHAT A JOKE OF A PROGAM!

One 'Dog Gone Too Long!

October 5th, 2011
9:17 am

5150 UOAD

You are using the old SAT numbers, just reading and math.

Here you have someone with a 1530 SAT score out of 2400.

1250/1600 is a much bigger number than 1530/2400. Or did you flunk math?

5150 UOAD

October 5th, 2011
9:18 am

Dawg fud why would the ACC trophy be shipped to Winston-Salem?

Flo-Ri-Duh

October 5th, 2011
9:18 am

Tech plays in the ACC where he will be able to compete with his lack of experience. In the SEC he would ride the bench for at least two years while he is being developed. I do think his parents are be a little over board with this SAT. Taking the test again serves no common sense purpose. They are new to this country and will be a bit naive with our “ways” but they will be an upgrade from what we have here as far as intelligence so I welcome them as productive citizens to this country and wish them well.

5150 UOAD

October 5th, 2011
9:22 am

One “Dog
When did they start the NEW SAT Numbers? the article I showed you from the AJC and the report is from 2007 because those are the latest #’s. I would think they are the NEW SAT #’s in the article and Kellon’s are the same #’s.

Testing

October 5th, 2011
9:28 am

Enter your comments here

One 'Dog Gone Too Long!

October 5th, 2011
9:28 am

5150 UOAD

Your 2007 numbers are four years old now. Most colleges now use the three-part SAT in admissions.

Besides, if this guy actually made 1530 on the old two-part SAT, he’d be competing with my son for admissions to the good engineering schools, MIT and Caltech, not seeking admission to the trade school!

paul

October 5th, 2011
9:29 am

you right 5150 UOAD, I’ve looked it up and thats all I can find.

5150 UOAD

October 5th, 2011
9:29 am

one’ Dog these are the #’s I am sure they are comparing the same NEW SAT scores.

The averages for all male students were 1245 in 2006, 1254 in 2005 and 1251 in 2004. For male athletes: 1017 in 2006, 1046 in 2006 and 990 in 2004. For football players: 901 in 2006, 935 in 2005 and 893 in 2004.

What do Georgia football players make on the SAT? New study reveals answer
9:33 am April 21, 2010, by Tim Tucker

Joshua Barlowe

October 5th, 2011
9:31 am

1530 is an unbelievable SAT score- football player or not. I feel confident Kallon will come to Tech. He wants to be near his family, he wants to get a good education and he seems like a young man who will still to his word. Surely he is grateful that Tech was one of the first to believe in him.

Have a great senior year and we’ll see you on the Flats next year young man!

Burdell

October 5th, 2011
9:31 am

CalTech is 7th in undergraduate Engineering….Georgia Tech #4. Granted MIT is #1.

One 'Dog Gone Too Long!

October 5th, 2011
9:32 am

Again, those all all two-part scores. This guy’s score is a three-part score. Sorry! Nerds!