Georgia Tech football recruiting, national signing day notes: Yellow Jackets get international flavor in 2012 class

sports@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 1, 2012 

ATLANTA -- There’s a definite international feel to this year’s signing class at Georgia Tech. And those two players could end up playing beside each other on the defensive line.

The Yellow Jackets signed players from England and Australia, both of whom are expected to make a significant impact on the program. Francis Kallon, a defensive end, played only one year of football after moving from England to Lawrenceville, Ga., while Adam Gotsis, a defensive tackle, has played Australian rules football.

Kallon actually was considered to be a star of Georgia Tech’s class. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end received offers from a dozen teams before the end of spring practice last week, including Auburn, Tennessee and Notre Dame. But Georgia Tech was the first team to show interest, so Kallon showed a lot of loyalty.

“I remember taking flack for recruiting a kid who had never played football,” Georgia Tech defensive line coach Andy McCollum said. “It’s amazing that everybody in America wanted the same kid.”

Gotsis, who lives in Victoria, visited in January and instantly committed to Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman is said to be extremely athletic, competitive and coachable. He played eight years of Australian rules football and competed for the Monash Warriors premier team. He was scheduled to play in the International Bowl in Austin on Wednesday night.

“One good thing about him is his size,” Georgia Tech assistant Mike Sewak said. “It’s something we can always use here.”

Best buddies

Offensive lineman Freddie Burden and wide receiver Micheal Summers have been friends and teammates since they were little kids playing in the recreation leagues in Statesboro.

Both players come from football families. Buren’s father, Willie Burden, was a running back at North Carolina State and played in the Canadian Football League. Summers’ father played at South Carolina State but was recruited by Georgia Southern when Tech coach Paul Johnson was in charge of the program.

State-by-state

Defensive end Roderick Chungong of Silver Springs became the first player from Maryland to sign with Georgia Tech since 2000. The three players recruited from Alabama are the most from that state since 2005.

Georgia Tech signed eight players from Georgia, its fewest from the back yard since 2008.

The Yellow Jackets grabbed four players from Florida, which matched last year’s total.

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