Kallon, Gnonkonde bring international flavor to Peach State

If you’re not familiar with the names Francis Kallon and Junior Gnonkonde, don't worry you're not alone.

The two have committed to play at Georgia Tech despite not having much of a football background prior to migrating to the Peach State.

Kallon moved to Lawrenceville from England last June and has emerged as a defensive presence at Central Gwinnett. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder defensive end had been offered by a multitude of schools from the SEC, ACC and Big Ten before settling on the Yellow Jackets.

Gnonkonde hails from the Ivory Coast and moved to Lakeland in 2008 along with three others from his native land. He originally envisioned a career on the hardwood but has since emerged as a talented pass rusher for the 3-2 Lanier County football team.

ESPN’s Mitch Sherman has the story of these two globe-trotting stars and their quick rise to prominence on the gridiron.