Texas Cornerback Sets Visit

A good measure of a staff's integrity is their ability to continue to recruit old territories even after they have left an instate program for an out-of-state program. Building solid relationships through straightforward recruiting practices has allowed Coach Dennis Franchione and his staff to make the state of Texas a secondary home turf of sorts for the Class of 2002. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that yet another Texas prospect has a strong interest in the Crimson Tide.

Elvis Gallegos, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder, from Richland High School in Fort Worth, Texas, has an offer from the Crimson Tide staff and the interest is mutual. Gallegos is so serious about Alabama that he has set an official visit.

"I set a visit to Alabama for January 11th," said Gallegos. "Alabama is looking better and better every day. They have been my leader for awhile and I‘ve thought about committing. I‘m not sure what I‘m waiting for."

Gallegos played receiver as a junior but has moved to quarterback to help his team. The team has struggled during the early season but Gallegos is in the top ten in his area in both passing and rushing. His head coach is still a strong believer in Gallegos' talent despite the slow start of his young football team.

"Elvis is something special," said Richland High School Head Coach Leo Brittain. "His athletic ability is without question and he's a classy person, too. He makes offensive moves that seem to come out of nowhere and he also has an extra sense to know where the ball is on defense."

At this point in the process, Gallegos' lone scholarship offer is from the Crimson Tide. However, several programs are calling on a regular basis.

"Alabama is my only offer but I am getting weekly calls from Oklahoma, Texas, LSU, and TCU," said Gallegos. "TCU has been by to see me play and they seem to be serious about offering."

Cornerbacks Coach Chris Thurmond is recruiting Gallegos for Alabama and he has made a positive impression on him and his family. Strong enough, in fact, that the distance to Tuscaloosa may not be an issue.

"I think my family wants me to go to Alabama because they like Coach Thurmond," said Gallegos. "I have a real close family and I am concerned about the expense of going home. I also have a serious girlfriend but I think even Meagan (St. Cyr) wants me to go to Alabama because of Coach Thurmond."

Gallegos projects as a cornerback on the college level but he has no preference for any specific position. His attitude and his career aspirations are consistent, even in an age when a team attitude often takes a back seat.

"I'm going to master whichever position I play because I just want to win," said Gallegos. "I want to stay in college for all four years because I want to be a coach. I can learn more and more each year if I'm a student of the game."

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