You possibly can inform proper if you activate the tape that Laurel Highlands large receiver, Rodney Gallagher, is a particular expertise.
The rising senior is a four-star prospect is heading into his senior season ranked because the nation’s 14th greatest receiver within the nation for the Class of 2023, based on ESPN. However soccer wasn’t his first selection. Rising up with a father who performed basketball at SUNY Buffalo, Gallagher was draw to the hardwood.
“Rising up I actually needed to be basketball participant and issues actually performed out on the soccer facet. My dad all the time thought I used to be a greater participant in soccer and I began realizing that freshman 12 months,” Gallagher mentioned.
His father wasn’t the one one who got here to that realization. The Uniontown (Pa.) native shortly drew the eye of Penn State, who offered him that very same year. An opportunity to remain house, can be a dream for Gallagher.
“My mother and my grandma went there. So once I was provided by them my freshman 12 months, it was a giant factor in my household circle and I’m simply grateful to have a possibility to play for a college like that.”
Gallagher, who measure at 6’0″ and 160lbs., has the chance to play wherever he desires, however has narrowed his long list of college offers to eight finalists. Penn State firmly planted itself as a finalist for the large out, together with: Pittsburgh, Texas Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oregon and Oklahoma State.
Gallagher took an unofficial go to to Penn State on April 30 and after stepping inside Beaver Stadium, he may really feel the power that might include greater than 100,000 screaming Nittany Lion fanatics.
“I imply, it don’t get no higher than that. I might like to play in one thing like that,” he mentioned. “You simply get a distinct feeling if you step onto the sector and also you come by way of the cage. It’s only a totally different feeling if you’re seeing your identify on that (rating)board if you stroll in.”
His subsequent scheduled unofficial go to will come on Might 17 to Virginia Tech. When requested what he’s in search of within the college he’ll select, Gallagher had threw pillars: schooling, relationships and match. A college that values him as an individual, helps him as a scholar athlete and one the place his sport will flourish.
Penn State head coach James Franklin has been identified to foster nice relationships with recruits and their households and that was one thing that basically resonated with Gallagher when the pair met.
“He’s an excellent man and he’s a household man and he actually cares about his gamers,” Gallagher mentioned about Franklin. ” Asking gamers on their roster what they give thought to him, they actually assume he’s an excellent dude.”
In his junior season at Laurel Highlands, Gallagher performed quarterback, throwing for 1,365 yards, speeding for 1,130 yards and scored 33 complete touchdowns.
He has just a few extra official visits in the summertime to West Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Penn State. He introduced that he’ll make his collegiate dedication on July 4.