Georgia Tech’s No. 1 football recruit said he remains committed to the Yellow Jackets after visiting Auburn over the weekend.
“I enjoyed Auburn but my jacket stays yellow … I’m committed to Georgia Tech,” Francis Kallon told the AJC.
Kallon is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end from Central Gwinnett High School who is in his first year of playing organized football after moving from London, England. He committed to Georgia Tech last spring, and had only been to Tech games this fall before going to see Auburn this past weekend.
“It was a really, really good game at Auburn,” Kallon said. “Auburn was big. It was very big. It was a lot of stuff to take in. It was a lot of stuff to take in at once. It was like a sea of orange.”
“I met Auburn’s coach [Gene Chizik]. He said he was amazed at my tape. He was happy I was there and that I could see what Auburn had to offer. He didn’t try to pressure me or everything [to consider Auburn]. He said everything speaks for itself at Auburn.”
Kallon’s parents wanted him to visit other schools to have something to compare to Georgia Tech. How did Auburn compare to Georgia Tech? “It was really grand and big,” Kallon said in his British accent. “It was actually like a show. They had fireworks. It was a lively atmosphere. Georgia Tech has a lively atmosphere, too, but Auburn was like on a larger scale.”
Which atmosphere did Kallon like better? Auburn or Georgia Tech? “They both have their differences. I wouldn’t say I liked either one more than the other. I like both of them. Auburn kind of blew my mind. I was kind of drinking everything in. It was big.”
What’s next for Kallon? He may make an unofficial visit to Tennessee this weekend. Tennessee and Auburn both made recent offers to Kallon, while many other colleges – including both UGA and Alabama – have invited him to games. Kallon has nothing planned after this weekend. “I will have to see how my schedule works out.”
What about Georgia Tech? Kallon said he had a lengthy conversation with coach Paul Johnson last week. “We talked about how everything was going with football. It was a nice conversation. I really like Coach Johnson.”
Kallon said the topic of making unofficial visits to other schools wasn’t discussed. “It never came up. Coach Johnson knows I’m not taking official visits. He knows I’m just going to games. If I took official visits when I was committed to Georgia Tech, then that would be a problem. I’m not doing that.”
Kallon is a rising star in the recruiting world. He earned a dozen scholarship offers after only two weeks of spring practice, committing to Georgia Tech in June. Kallon was recently bumped up to a 4-star recruit by both Scout.com and ESPN.
THE DAY’S RECRUITING NEWS
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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