How do you know which prospects are a top recruiting priority? By where a college head coach appears during his team’s off week.
Georgia Tech was off last weekend, and Paul Johnson spent a day at Central Gwinnett High School. He was there to see the No. 1 commitment of Georgia Tech’s 2012 recruiting class, defensive end Francis Kallon.
Johnson and recruiting coordinator Andy McCollum stopped by the high school early in the day to talk with Kallon’s coaches, then returned later in the evening to closely observe Kallon in Central Gwinnett’s loss to Grayson.
“Coach Johnson was really impressed with Francis, with how hard he has worked to learn football and get better,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “He wanted to let Francis know that he was really proud of his season.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Kallon played only his senior season of high school football after moving to the Atlanta area from England. Last May, due to his enormous athletic potential, Kallon had nearly a dozen early scholarship offers after only two weeks of spring football practice, committing to Georgia Tech in June.
As word about Kallon has spread this season, other suitors such as Auburn and Tennessee offered scholarships and have tried to change his mind. Kallon attended a game at Auburn last month and might go to a couple of more elsewhere, but remains committed to Georgia Tech.
“Francis has said that the biggest competition to Georgia Tech is Auburn; that’s the only other place he visited and saw a game,” Wofford said. “He is very impressed with Auburn. We have a special connection with Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof being a graduate of Central Gwinnett. Francis has met the Auburn defensive line coach, and he has talked to Gene Chizik on the phone a few times. And it doesn’t hurt that Trey Johnson is going there.” [Note: Johnson is the junior linebacker at Central Gwinnett committed to Auburn]
How serious is the competition from Auburn or anyone else? Will Francis really consider other schools or is he a “lock” to sign with Georgia Tech? “I think it’s pretty much over; I do, that’s my personal opinion,” Wofford said. “You never know with recruiting, how these colleges keep going after people until the day they sign. But I would probably say it’s over.”
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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