Wide receiver recruiting has certainly ramped up at Notre Dame since Chansi Stuckey was hired by the head coach Marcus Freeman. Over the past few weeks, the Irish have hosted two of the country’s top pass catchers in Carnell Tate and Braylon James, two players the staff desperately want in the class. Another player you can add to this “must see” list is Uniontown (Pennsylvania) Laurel Highlands Rodney Gallagher.
Tate and James have already been on campus this winter, and the Irish will host Gallagher on April 23 for the Blue-Gold Game. But make no mistake, Notre Dame staff have already started to turn up the heat on Gallagher, who is one of the most dynamic athletes on the Irish board.
The 6-foot-0, 170-pound point guard recently gave Irish Breakdown a look at his scouting, which has just started to rise steadily with the basketball season now in the rearview mirror.
“I’m ready to see it all for the first time on campus,” Gallagher said of his upcoming visit to South Bend. “I speak with the staff every day.”
The Notre Dame staff have been relentless with Gallagher, and that goes far beyond Stuckey and the offensive coordinator Tommy Ree. by Marcus Freeman the staff embraced a collaborative effort to sell the program, and you can really see that working with Gallagher.
Gallagher noted that “the entire staff” contacts him and he hears from a different coach every day, which is further evidence of his standing on the Notre Dame board. You don’t put as much emphasis on a player who isn’t a go-to prospect.
Notre Dame explained to Gallagher why he is so coveted by all staff.
“They think I would be an exceptional fit into what they have going on offensively,” Gallagher said. “I’m a tough guy to deal with every time I have the ball in my hands.”
Gallagher is a consensus four-star recruit on all major recruiting platforms, who is ranked the 81st player overall in the nation in the 247Sports composite rankings. Gallagher is also ranked as the No. 1 player at Pennsylvania State, which is one of the states the staff have made it essential to draw more from in the future.
During his junior season, Gallagher passed for 1,365 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also rushed for 1,130 yards and another 21 touchdowns as the team’s dual threat quarterback. He also averaged 18.6 points per game for the school basketball season, after avoiding 19 points per game as a sophomore.
It was once believed that basketball could be a part of his college career as well, with several offers on the hardwood including at the University of Illinois. Gallagher has since set his sights on simply participating in football at the college level.
Notre Dame is in fierce competition for Gallagher’s services. The talented wide receiver has an impressive offer list and has already set up four visits for the month of April.
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Gallagher and his family plan to take trips to Virginia Tech (April 9), Ohio State (April 16) and Penn State (April 30). This recruitment will quickly heat up. It’s hard not to feel cautiously optimistic with the work the staff has done on Gallagher.
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