Georgia Tech’s No. 1 recruit offered by Auburn and will visit next week

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)

Auburn offered a football scholarship on Friday to Georgia Tech’s No. 1 recruit, who will visit the Tigers next week.

Francis Kallon is a 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end at Central Gwinnett High School who is playing football for the first time as a senior after moving from London, England. He committed to Georgia Tech last summer but other colleges haven’t given up on recruiting him.

Kallon was offered by Auburn on Friday, according to his coach, and will make an unofficial visit to Auburn next weekend. Kallon’s teammate at Central Gwinnett, junior linebacker Trey Johnson, has committed to Auburn

Kallon said earlier this week that he remains committed to Georgia Tech.

  • Georgia Tech will entertain several of the state’s top college prospects for Saturday’s game against Maryland. Lassiter High School safety-linebacker Kene Orjioke and Allatoona running back Miles Jones are scheduled to attend, along with many top-rated juniors – Tri-Cities offensive lineman Shamire Devine, Stephens County running back Chaz Thornton, Norcross running back Alvin Kamara, Tri-Cities offensive guard Jeremi Hall, Northgate cornerback Brandon Facyson, Greater Atlanta Christian running back Kyle Scales and  North Cobb running back Quentin James.
  • Here’s video of AJC Super 11 member Josh Harvey-Clemons of Lowndes High School. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder will take visits to UGA, Florida, LSU and Louisville. He is projected to play safety or linebacker in college.
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    • North Gwinnett DL talks about Ohio State football 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)
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    • Will OL Brandon Kublanow commit to UGA after getting his “dream offer” this weekend? (click on story link)
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    72 comments Add your comment

    Durty

    October 7th, 2011
    4:53 pm

    Here comes the bashing of both schools!

    Durty

    October 7th, 2011
    4:54 pm

    Oh yeah, first!

    .

    October 7th, 2011
    5:12 pm

    If CPJ is consistent, this means the end of Kallon’s commitment/offer to GT. Oh well, I trust it will take Kallon about 30 seconds to get over that disappointment. Whatever the case, we will soon find out if CPJ is consistent or just a big blow hard with this “policy”.

    IHATEUGA1990

    October 7th, 2011
    5:18 pm

    BYE BYE FRANCIS!!!!! your not that good anyways! OVERATED. I mean the kid has only played for a year i mean come on he will not be able to adjust to the college game.

    Foothills

    October 7th, 2011
    5:18 pm

    Michael, Is it an OFFICIAL visit?

    NorthAvenueRules

    October 7th, 2011
    5:19 pm

    Hopefully Kallon will be honest to himself and honor his verbal commitment and to GT.

    NorthAvenueRules

    October 7th, 2011
    5:20 pm

    Michael, do you wonder if Kallon understands CPJ’s perspective on visiting other schools after a verbal commitment has been made to GT?

    Michael Carvell

    October 7th, 2011
    5:20 pm

    @Foothills, no it’s an unofficial visit

    Worm

    October 7th, 2011
    5:25 pm

    Well, I guess Fish Fry will sever ties with him immediately!..NOT

    Saban

    October 7th, 2011
    5:28 pm

    He will go to Tech. Before I let him go to Auburn I will cut both trees down and make them into outhouses.

    wes

    October 7th, 2011
    5:29 pm

    I’ve visited Auburn and was bored to death. I had fun w/ my friends because we made our own fun…but man, that place just sucks.

    wes

    October 7th, 2011
    5:32 pm

    Hard to pass up a visit to the defending National Champions, though. Kallon is awesome and I expect him to stay put at Georgia Tech!

    JAWJeRDAWG

    October 7th, 2011
    5:34 pm

    On an earlier recruiting blog about Francis Kallon, the Tech bloggers emphatically stated that since Kallon would be on an unofficial visit, it wouldn’t be a breach of Coach Johnson’s policy of rescending the scholarship offer of a committed recruit who visits another school.

    Expect them to say the same with this ‘unofficial’ visit even though Auburn has now officially offered.

    Interesting, all the same. Guess time will tell.

    JSJacket

    October 7th, 2011
    5:55 pm

    Really hope he sticks to his word here. I think he will, it sounds like he comes from a good family that holds academics in the highest regard. That makes me think he’s a lock for GT.

    GT Joe

    October 7th, 2011
    6:10 pm

    Before the mutts get all excited, this is an UNOFFICIAL VISIT, so no, CPJ won’t pull his scholarship.

    Michael Carvell

    October 7th, 2011
    6:12 pm

    @GT Joe, in my conversations with Paul Johnson, the only “blanket” recruiting policy I’m aware of is this — if a prospect who is committed to Georgia Tech visits other schools, then Johnson does not considered the prospect committed anymore (he did not specify whether he meant official or unofficial visits, but I would assume only official visits). One final thing: Johnson has NEVER told me that he will pull the scholarship offer of a player committed to Georgia Tech who visits other schools. Now that appears to be what happened with both Dontae Aycock and Tre Jackson. I think it’s a safe bet that it’s case-by-case situation. And you have to remember, both Ayock and Jackon were committed to Georgia Tech and taking official visits only a week or two prior to National Signing Day. There’s a huge difference between an unofficial visit in October and official visit in late January.

    George Stein

    October 7th, 2011
    6:14 pm

    Do any of you people see shades of gray? Johnson has said on several occasions that he’s OK with a kid taking visits at this point, but that the player’s scholarship was no longer secure.

    I also have yo chuckle because the same people here getting wood over him either coming to their school or not attending Tech are the same ones laughing at Tech for offering him earlier.

    Ramblin Man

    October 7th, 2011
    6:15 pm

    Some of you people just won”t let this stuff go will you? First off CPJ is not the only coach who has told commits that they cannot take a official visit to another school after the make a commitment. Second in the two occasions that CPJ has pulled the offer both kids took late visits and were obviously opening thier recruitment back up. I have no idea what Kallon plans to do come Feburary, but he has repeaetedly said he is 100% GT. This visit has been on the books for a while and Crarvell is getting a rise out of you like he has been doing with his other blogs. Francis Kallon and his parents love GT and remember it takes the kids and parents signature to go.

    wes

    October 7th, 2011
    6:23 pm

    People seem to love hating on Paul Johnson. He coached at the United States Naval Academy you unpatriotic sumb*tches!

    19

    October 7th, 2011
    6:51 pm

    If he wants to go to Auburn good for him. The decision is up to him (and his parents). From what I’ve read he and his parents want a great education. I do not think I need to elaborate. Francis you would be most welcomed on the Flats! Go Tech!!!

    19

    October 7th, 2011
    6:52 pm

    @wes, I’m with you 100%

    230gr Full Metal Jacket

    October 7th, 2011
    6:53 pm

    You do have to love how all of the SEC homers were laughing at CPJ for offering this kid a scholarship — now they are all clamoring to make him offers and get him to visit their campuses!!!! I just don’t understand. I thought Tech only gets the rejects that the SEC doesn’t want!!

    Ramblin Man

    October 7th, 2011
    7:55 pm

    I do hope the visit goes well and makes an impression on Orjioke he looks like a player.

    Ramblin Man

    October 7th, 2011
    8:00 pm

    Does anybody no much about Miles Jones? He has put up great yards this year, but I have not heard much about him. Was he somebody’s backup last year or just having a good senior year?

    roll tide my A_____

    October 7th, 2011
    8:33 pm

    some edumakation you R gonna git at that inbred institute just across the line in alybami

    1eyedJack

    October 7th, 2011
    8:49 pm

    Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn from time to time. Trouble is another squirrel might take it away from him. ;)

    George P

    October 7th, 2011
    8:50 pm

    As 19 noted, an excellent education is important to them.

    I want to read some of you Georgia fans claiming he can get a great education at Auburn. Go ahead. That will make my day.

    GT Fan

    October 7th, 2011
    8:57 pm

    230gr …….

    I don’t think most SEC fans understand what “the pot calling the kettle black” means.

    These folks would be great car salesmen/women.

    19

    October 7th, 2011
    9:22 pm

    I believe this young man could make an impact early for Tech. I’m afraid he may get lost in the SEC shuffle. If education matters to him he should choose Tech IMHO.

    Dawginsc

    October 7th, 2011
    9:22 pm

    Carvell I know you don’t cover sc high school football but north Augusta is beating Lexington at the half just thought you might wanna know . What have you heard about Ginny miller from na

    Dawginsc

    October 7th, 2011
    9:23 pm

    GTVegas

    October 7th, 2011
    9:35 pm

    Hey, it’s his choice and CPJ can handle him however he wants to. The important thing is that CPJ is/was totally open with him and makes sure that he, and his parents, know what to expect from CPJ and what the consequences of their actions are. That is more important than any of the nuances or gray areas.

    19

    October 7th, 2011
    9:44 pm

    Just let the young man make the best choice. I wish him the best.

    Wes is Delusional About Auburn

    October 7th, 2011
    10:06 pm

    @ Wes….as if GA Tech is this “oh so great place?”….At least the students can walk the Auburn campus without a thug mug!! Please…tell me what is so awesome about Tech? The OLD delapidated, dated buildings surrounding the hood? Even your Dawg buddies have a legitimate complaint about Tech’s campus. Good curriculum but a crappy campus and an even crappier football program!

    Supersize that order, mutt

    October 7th, 2011
    10:21 pm

    Delusional, you are the delusional one. You obviously have not stepped foot on the Tech campus. There are no more old buildings there than on any other campus, and some of the buildings are among the most impressive on any college campus. Even the athletic facilities have been rated number 1 in the country for students by the Princeton Review. You sure can’t say that about anything in Athens, and probably not at Auburn or Bama either, although I have never been on either of those campuses.

    Rodney Dangerfield

    October 7th, 2011
    10:22 pm

    This kid’s parents want him to have a top notch education. I would be more worried if he was visiting Vanderbilt.

    And for all you woodies who can’t get over CPJ stance on recruits and visits… If you can’t tell the difference between a kid visiting a school on an unpaid, unofficial trip in October, and a all expenses paid official visit one week (Aycock) or two weeks (that other kid that went to FSU) before national signing day, then you are just too dawg gone dumb for me to help.

    Ekim

    October 7th, 2011
    10:23 pm

    Seems as long as this argument’s been going on, there would be some original material. Nope. Same tired crap.
    Don’t like Tech? Ignore them except for that three-hour period each year when you can’t.
    Don’t like UGA? Ignore them except for that three-hour period each year when you can’t.

    Rodney Dangerfield

    October 7th, 2011
    10:25 pm

    Wes is Delusional About Auburn has never been to Tech’s campus, obviously. Of course when a university has been around for over a hundred years there will be some old buildings, but I don’t think they used it as the Olympic Village because it was old and dilapidated.

    Keep spreading your false information.

    Rodney Dangerfield

    October 7th, 2011
    10:26 pm

    Carvell is staying on top of this to get a rise out of all of you and to see the tired old argument about CPJ’s “policy”.

    South Eastern Criminals

    October 7th, 2011
    11:23 pm

    well let me tell you about what is about to come down at Auburn, NCAA Sanctions…for Cam the Scam..and more..and watch these morons offer this player’s parents money and I bet they talk about it because they do not know any better…AUBURN EQUALS CHEATERS AND MORONS

    South Eastern Criminals

    October 7th, 2011
    11:26 pm

    btw Carvell, is that the best you can do? Between now and February write about this garbage? Instead, why don’t you do feature articles on high school players than this c r @ p. For example, Tont Zenon now at GT would have been a good article, how he made his way to Albany GA, from Hurricane Katrina because Albany was the only place to have hotel rooms. AJC pays you for this nonsense, really?

    Jeff

    October 7th, 2011
    11:36 pm

    To Michael Carvell at 6:12 p.m.: You said “One final thing: Johnson has NEVER told me that he will pull the scholarship offer of a player committed to Georgia Tech who visits other schools.”

    You must not listen very closely. I have heard CPJ say on TWO occasions through TWO different media outlets that he intends to do EXACTLY THAT to any kid that DARES visit another school after committing to Georgia Tech, whether the visit is official or unofficial.

    The fact is that CPJ is a very arrogant, self-centered, my-way-or-the-highway kind of coach. He got rid of a couple of recruits a couple of years ago who visited some other schools, yet he has entertained MANY recruits who have said they are committed to other schools. I’m sorry, but it’s a double-standard and it’s hypocritical of Johnson to act this way.

    I have a family friend whose son plays at Tech, and he said CPJ is very gruff and condescending with a lot of recruits and families. Their son considered visiting another school SIMPLY because he had family there and wanted to see another part of the country, but he turned in down for the fear of CPJ cutting his scholarship offer.

    Remember, the truth is that Johnson HAS pulled scholarships from kids who visited other schools and he HAS SAID that is his policy. He may be a very good football coach, but he is VERY hypocritical when it comes to his “one way” recruiting policy. I’ll bet he would have NO issue entertaining an Auburn recruit… so what’s the difference?

    Kids look at multiple schools all the time, and many want to compare colleges. I see nothing wrong with this. Even if a kid wanted to visit Clemson or Georgia or wherever, if he signs with Tech on signing day, that should be good enough. To even have a veiled threat of pulling scholarships is classless and should be beneath a successful coach like CPJ.

    Michael Carvell

    October 8th, 2011
    12:01 am

    @Jeff, I listened — and reported — to what Paul Johnson told me. Please post the links from the two media outlets you are referencing. Thanks

    mp

    October 8th, 2011
    12:57 am

    @jeff–if your family friend’s kid didn’t like CPJ he should have had the guts to stand up to him and walk away. nobody put a gun to his head to go to tech. i sure wouldn’t send my kid to play for someonhe i found condescending.. would you?
    what part of commitment do you not understand? when you say, “i’m done looking, i commit to “X” school,” then, that’s one less slot they look to fill while they seek out kids for their others needs. are you telling me it’s fair for that kid to then go around and visit other schools as if they’re still shopping around? you’re probably married. did you marry your wife then say i’m gonna go out and date other women and see maybe if i like one of them better?
    no one MAKES these kids commit. they have plenty of time to visit schools, do their research, talk with coaches, and feel things out without being hasty. but, once you say you’re done and you’re in, a coach shouldn’t have to sweat keeping you. and, if you go looking ANY coach should have the right to say, “well, that’s fine and good, we’re gonna keep looking, too.”
    paul johnson has NEVER pulled anyone’s scholarship. he pulled an offer after a kid decided to go shopping around the friggin’ week before nat’l signing day. if your wife came to you a week before you were going to get married and said, “i’m gonna go away this weekend with your best friend and see if i like them better,” you wouldn’t think twice about her commitment to you? give me a break.

    David

    October 8th, 2011
    4:02 am

    He will be visiting auburn for the Florida game. He will be wowed, for sure. The place will be rocking. He and his family will love AU. Auburn is so much more fun than GT and a quality education….a no brainer for him.

    techman78

    October 8th, 2011
    5:14 am

    Hope CPJ doesnt pull his scholly offer. Kid is a beast. On another note, 2013 running back Chaz Thornton coming to the Maryland game just ripped off another 240 yards and 3 touchdowns on only 10 carries Friday night giving him 1068 yards 17 touchdowns in 6 games leading Stephens County to a 5th consecutive win and 5-1 record overall. Been watching the kid play since he was 7 years old…small but a perfect fit at A-back!!

    Stinger2

    October 8th, 2011
    5:49 am

    This kid says he remains committed to GT but starts visiting other schools. Sounds like he is talking out of both sides of his mouth. However, he has not signed and can do what he wants to do. Let him go if he likes another school better than GT. He may not be as great as he is being hyped. As to CPJ`s policy, he will do whatever he wants to do.

    snapshot

    October 8th, 2011
    6:37 am

    Delusional is a delusional leg humper fan.

    BuggyTownBuzz61

    October 8th, 2011
    7:56 am

    The mutts love to pull that CPJ policy card because they know that clown running their circus will take anyone anytime no matter who or what they are.

    gt4ever

    October 8th, 2011
    9:31 am

    Who really cares??? He, like any 5 star recruit is not proven that he will be anything at the college level… I would suggest that he find a school that will promote him after graduation, because the odds are really stacked against him being a NFL player or even a good college football player… Good luck to him using a Auburn diploma to find a real job in this market…. :)