(CBS) - Like quite a few lucky and gifted high schoolers, Francis Kallon is looking forward to playing college football next year. But Kallon is different for several reasons. He and his family are British and moved from London to the states just a year ago. The 17-year-old has only been playing the game for a few months, and before that he admits he "didn't even know what American football was about."
The 6-foot-6 defensive end now lives in Georgia, where he plays for Lawrenceville's Central Gwinnet High. The team's coach, Tom Wofford, told BBC News the story of spotting Kallon in the gym and immediately trying to recruit him.
"I watched him playing soccer and he was phenomenal. His footwork was great and he was so tall and strong," Wofford said. "I looked at my assistant and said, 'I think we just might have something here.'"
It took the coach months to convince the former Londoner to step onto the grid iron, but when he did Kallon was almost immediately spotted by university scouts. Kallon was offered 13 scholarships and, according to MaxPreps.com, has already committed to Georgia Tech.
"My goal is to focus on doing what I've been doing and getting better," he said. "And if the NFL comes I'll take it."
Lots of people, including his coach, think a spot in the NFL is more than likely.
"To find someone with so much talent who's never played the game before is rare," Wofford told BBC News. "There are guys who've played the game for years who'll never be as good as he is after just a few months."
Check out video of Kallon's highlights HERE.