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July 10, 2011

Pa. tight end P.J. Gallo 'fell in love' with Terps

P.J. Gallo "honestly didn't know much" about Maryland when the Terps first started recruiting him last winter.

The rising senior tight end from Council Rock South in Holland, Pa., was, however, eager to learn about all that College Park had to offer. Terps recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach John Dunn was happy to fill Gallo in on all things Maryland.

“He got me to come down for a visit, and I really fell in love,” with Maryland, Gallo said. “I went there for a second visit for the spring game. I had a great time. It was awesome. And then from that spring game out, I kind of knew that was the place I wanted to go.”

Gallo made things official with the Terps on Tuesday and -- after informing other college coaches of his decision -- made his commitment public Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect received 12 scholarship offers, but had narrowed his list to Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse.

Dunn, a former Tar Heels tight end who graduated college in 2005, was instrumental in Maryland landing Gallo.

“Coach Dunn did a great job of selling the school, informing me about it, telling me about it. He really got me to fall in love with the school,” Gallo said. “We really built a great relationship over this recruiting process. It really does help having a younger coach you can relate to.”

Gallo emerged as a potential Division I recruit during his sophomore year, when he started at tight end and defensive end for the Golden Hawks. As a junior in Council Rock South’s triple-option offense, Gallo caught 12 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the future Terp recorded 93 tackles and five sacks.

College coaches were split on what position would be a better fit for Gallo.

“I was recruited by about five schools to play defensive end. I like both [positions], but I preferred tight end,” Gallo said. “It basically came down to North Carolina and Maryland, and North Carolina [wanted me at] defensive end and Maryland was tight end. I did like Maryland a little bit more, but it was an added bonus to play tight end, especially in Gary Crowton’s offense, which is a great tight ends offense.”

Gallo will join a Terps team in 2012 that will feature three senior tight ends in Matt Furstenburg, Devonte Campbell and Ryan Schlothauer and one junior in Dave Stinebaugh.

“They said they’re going to need help,” Gallo said. “Hopefully I can come through and be the tight end of the future for Maryland.”

Gallo, who’s considering a major in business at Maryland, plans to be at Byrd Stadium for the Terps’ season opener against Miami. He’s counting the days until it’s his turn to suit up for Maryland.

“I’m going to work as hard as possible and be the best player that I can and help the program as much as I can,” Gallo said. “I’m always going to give 110 percent on the field and off the field. I’m going to do what I can to help the program.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:34 AM | | Comments (3)
        

Comments

nice man - glad to see a quality, talented kid head down the road from PA to terp-land. love his commentary.

excited

I don't know about that Terp promo ad that pops up on this site. The quarterback definitely has that "deer in the headlights" look. They might think about changing up that one...

PJ looks to have some nice speed and quick first step for a big man, another good pick up for the TERPS...btw I'll be in CP for the Miami game too...might be the only football in the fall.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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