April 18, 2011
Orange impress Gallo
The tight end position at Syracuse does not have many bodies at this time and after next season they will have even less. That makes the position a very important one in the 2012 recruiting class. P.J. Gallo from Holland (Pa.) Council Rock South is one player the Orange are looking at to help them.
Gallo, has had the Syracuse offer for awhile now and he finally had a chance to take a visit to the school this weekend.
"I really enjoyed the visit. Right when I got there I talked to the coaches and they are just awesome people, real nice people," Gallo stated. "I would say my favorite part was just getting to know the coaches, it is obviously very important. I also enjoyed watching the game."
The Orange coaches are the one item that really stuck out to the 6-foot-4, 235 pounds tight end. One of the current Syracuse tight ends also made a quick impact.
"The first thing I was impressed with was the coaches and that really stuck with me. I really like how they use their tight ends. Nick Provo is a great player and he obviously had a great season last year and he looked good in the spring game. That is a good player to look at and kind of picture myself like that."
Even though the coaches stuck out Gallo did not have much time to talk with the Orange staff.
"For most of the time I talked with Coach [Nathaniel] Hackett, a little with Coach [Greg] Adkins, and I exchanged a couple words with Coach [Doug] Marrone," Gallo said. "Coach Hackett is my main recruiter. Our relationship has been pretty good we have talked on the phone a few times and he has also talked on the phone with my Mom. The spring game was the first time I met him in person, meeting him in person helps a lot and you can tell he is a great guy."
On the visit the Keystone State product did not get much of a chance to talk with any current players, but that was ok because he is in contact with one of them already.
"I know Justin Pugh he went to the same high school as me, so I had a chance to say a few things to him before he had to go. He had a great year last year and he will probably have a great year this year. He has been nothing but honest during this recruiting process."
Has Pugh been trying to help recruit Gallo at all?
"He does it, but he told me when I got the offer that he was not going to be that kind of person to tell me all the great things about Syracuse and then say every other school sucks. He did tell me that he wants me to come to Syracuse, but he told me that he would be honest with me. I think it is a real nice thing to do for me by being honest like that."
Even though Gallo already likes the coaching staff and has a friend on the roster there is one other item that has him thinking.
"The tight end depth is definitely a big plus because it is pretty cool when you look at it and see that they have three senior tight ends, and then they have [Louie] Addazio coming in this year. It is kind of like wow because you think you can get on the field early if I work hard and things fall in line. It is something that is a plus, but I do not read into it too much because you don't want to go someplace because you are running away from competition."
What exactly is it about Gallo's game that the Orange like?
"I would say that I am good at both receiving and blocking. I would say that is the reason that all of the coaches at Syracuse really like me. They use a lot of two tight end sets and they told me I could be either the Y or the F tight end. They told me that they like the way I block, run, and stretch the field."
Other than Syracuse there are other schools looking to receive a commitment from the tight end and in the coming weeks he has other visits planned.
"I am going to Temple on Tuesday, West Virginia, and I have been asked to go out to Boston College, N.C. State, and Northwestern."
At this time no leaders have emerged in his recruitment.
"At this point I am just trying to sit back and get all of my visits in and really see what is going to happen. At this point all of the schools are even and I like them all. I am just waiting to see what happens with all of my trips and I will start narrowing things down as the summer gets closer."
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