Gwinnett Daily Post, Jason Braverman) ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION OUT; NO SALES, Associated Press
Central Gwinnett's Francis Kallon, center, smiles after signing a letter of intent to attend school and play football at Georgia Tech during a national signing day event on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, in Lawrenceville, Ga. Malachi Jones, left, signed a letter of intent to attend school and play football at Appalachian State. George Morris, right, signed a letter of intent to attend school and play football at Syracuse.

ATLANTA — Francis Kallon says Georgia Tech was the 12th school to offer him a scholarship.

Even so, the offer came before Kallon even played in a game.

Kallon showed great potential as a pass-rushing defensive end in his only season of football at Central Gwinnett after moving from England. He showed so much potential in his first spring practice he says he received 12 offers, including the one from Georgia Tech, before even playing a game.

Kallon says Georgia Tech "took a risk" since he had no experience. But after his big senior season, he was perhaps Georgia Tech's most illustrious signee on Wednesday. He had 18 tackles for losses, including eight sacks, as a senior.

Georgia Tech also signed another four-star recruit, receiver Justin Thomas of Prattville, Ala.