2024 Chaminade (California) security Marquis Gallegos added an offer from Notre Dame on St. Patrick’s Day and the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder wasted no time arranging his first visit to South Bend as he will be on campus this weekend for the Blue-Gold Game.
“I originally wanted to get out because I know what a good school it is,” Gallegos told ISD. “When I got the offer from Coach (Chris) O’Leary, Notre Dame showed a lot of love and made it seem like they really wanted me out for the spring game, so I had to go.”
While the relationship is still young, O’Leary has clearly made a positive impression on the West Coast prospect with her outgoing and energetic personality.
“He’s awesome and seems very down to earth,” Gallegos said. “He is very honest with me. The first time we spoke, he stayed real with me and he was just a cool guy. I look forward to building a relationship with him.
Gallegos will also be joined by some familiar faces on his trip to Notre Dame. 2024 St. John Bosco Security Peyton Lumber Yard and linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa will be on campus and they have played 7v7 with Gallegos for the past few years.
Woodyard is no stranger to Notre Dame as this will be his third visit, but for Gallegos the Chaminade star wants to soak it all up.
“It will be my first time there, so I want to understand everything,” Gallegos explained. “If I come back for a second or third visit, I’ll come back for more specific things.”
Notre Dame isn’t the only program after Gallegos, as USC’s new staff made a strong impression early in its process.
“There’s a lot of energy from the new staff,” Gallegos said. “They’re really coming after the 2024 class. They just have a linebacker to hire who I’m pretty close with as well — Dylan Williams. They really push for us and let it be known that they really want us.
And yes, it looks like Lincoln Riley wants to make Southern California a priority as the Trojans staff has been scrambling to keep prospects like Gallegos in the state.
“They put a lot of emphasis on that,” Gallegos said. “They want to keep us on the west coast.”
When it comes to a decision, Gallegos isn’t about to make one because he wants to take his time and understand what he’s looking for in a program.
“I’m going to take my time with this,” Gallegos said. “I am not in a hurry.”
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