Monday, June 6, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
A month ago, Francis Kallon had never played a down of football in his life.
The Central Gwinnett senior showed so much promise during spring practice that college recruiters flocked to the defensive end.
Kallon ended the fast recruiting process Monday when he committed to Georgia Tech.
"The academic standards there are exceptional and it just felt like the place for me," Kallon said.
Kallon moved to the U.S. last summer from London, where he grew up playing soccer and rugby. Central head coach Todd Wofford convinced him to try football this spring and the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder was a natural.
His size, speed and agility attracted college recruiters despite never playing football before May. Kallon picked up a dozen scholarship offers, mostly from ACC schools, before committing to Tech. He chose the Yellow Jackets over Duke and Wake Forrest.
"All three schools have great academic histories," Kallon said. "(Tech) is close to home, which is something I had to consider and be close to my family."
Kallon made a visit to Tech on Friday with his father and head coach Paul Johnson offered him a scholarship before leaving the downtown Atlanta school.
"I didn't just go to take a tour. We talked about what I need to work on with football," Kallon said. "He was very honest. He was down to earth. He wasn't like other coaches trying to get me to his school."
Kallon, who maintains a 3.6 GPA, plans to major in journalism or science.
The commitment ends a hectic two weeks for Kallon as he's been the focus of college coaches and several recruiting websites. He doesn't plan to visit any other schools this summer and wants to attend Tech's summer camp.
"I kind of got tired of it and being in the spotlight all the time," Kallon said. "Now this gives me something to work for when I'm in the weight room or when I'm on the field."