2014 Offensive Lineman picks up first offer

2014 Offensive Lineman picks up first offer

Council Rock South junior, and young brother of current Terp, has Maryland in his early top five

Eric Gallo picked up his first offer Friday, February 15.

“I was offered by UMass,” Gallo said. Gallo also mentioned UMass invited him to their junior day.

But just because UMass was the first to offer Gallo, it doesn't mean they are only the school showing interest.

“I took a lot of visits this year,” Gallo said. That includes two visits to College Park to watch the Maryland Terrapins and his brother, P.J. Gallo, play. Gallo saw Maryland take on William & Mary September 1st and Wake Forest October 6th.

Gallo said he was really impressed by his visits to Pitt, Virginia, and Boston College, but was quick to add that he thought all the schools he's visited so far are impressive.

Gallo first got into serious contact with Maryland this summer.

“I went to the camp this summer, so I got to talk to the coaches there,” Gallo said.

Gallo already knows a fair amount about the Maryland program because of his brother.

“I know the coaches there because my brother plays there,” Gallo said.

And PJ certainly hasn't been shy to give Gallo some recruiting advice.

“He's given me a lot of good advice,” Gallo said. “He told me to choose a school that you feel comfortable with. He told me to choose a school you would want to go to even if you didn't play there.”

PJ has also influenced Gallo's thinking on distance playing a part in his college decision.

“It is a factor,” Gallo said. “My brother went to Maryland. It's pretty close. He likes that about Maryland. He's got to come home this Thanksgiving.”

That's not the only thing that's going to influence Gallo's decision though.

“I think that education should be a part of [the decision-making process],” Gallo said. “I'm a smart kid. The reason you go to college is to get an education, so that's going to be a part of it. Then how comfortable I feel around the program.”

PJ isn't the only college football player Gallo knows personally.

Justin Pugh went to the same high school as me and my brother,” Gall said.

Pugh who declared for the NFL draft recently has been an inspiration for Gallo.

“He's a great role model to me and my brother,” Gallo said. “I look up to him and try to play like he does.”

Gallo believes his style of play is that of a run blocker due to certain characteristics he possess.

“I think I have good footwork,” Gallo said. “I play basketball too. I can move a little bit for a big man. I'm quick off the ball, and I keep a good pad level.”

Colleges, including Maryland, seem to have noticed and are showing interest in him. Maryland assistant coach John Dunn recently visited Council Rock South (Holland, PA).

Even though it's still early in the recruiting process for him Gallo already had a tentative top five.

“Maryland, Virginia, Pitt, Penn State, Rutgers,” Gallo said. “I really like all the schools I visited but those kind of stand out to me.”

Gallo isn't done yet with his visits though. Like UMass, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech have invited him to their junior days. One of Gallo's goals this summer is to learn more about potential college suitors.

“I guess as far as recruiting getting out there and seeing as many people as I can,” Gallo said. “A lot of schools are interested. I'll try to make the best decision I can.”

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