A dominating player that gets much of his action against top prep teams from the U.S., the 6-3, 320 Gallimore is receiving interest from many of the top programs in the country after his impressive showing at The Opening over the summer. Already with offers from schools such as Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma, Gallimore’s recruiting added another top school three weeks ago when the Auburn Tigers came calling.
Playing for the national championship last season and ranked among the top teams in the country in 2014 for much of the year, Auburn is a program on the rise once again under Coach Gus Malzahn. Wanting to see what life on the Plains is all about and also to get a taste of life in the SEC, Gallimore is expected to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend and McArthur said it’s a great opportunity for a great young player.
“Ohio State, Florida State and Oklahoma are three schools that have been with him through the thick of things,” McArthur said. “They have been there for a while now. He’s got everybody in the country, but to get Auburn is a big deal because it’s one of the top programs in the country. I have a huge amount of respect for the SEC so I’m kind of able to share how big of an accomplishment it is to have a school like Auburn take a chance and look at him and want him to be a part of the program.”
Neville Gallimore was a standout at The Opening
With a big need for defensive linemen in the this, Auburn is continuing to look all over for players that have the ability to come in and help the Tigers early in 2015. McArthur believes Gallimore has all the tools to be that player down the line. For the Tigers this weekend is all about showing the big lineman a feel for what the school, program and players are all about on his visit as he prepares to make a decision sometime before signing day.
“Three weeks is about how long he’s been talking with Auburn, but to be honest they’ve done a really good job of expressing their desire to have a kid like Neville around,” McArthur said. “They’ve expressed that he would be a kid they would want and they need. Although they’ve come in late I think they’ve done a good job of making up for that by showing him some love.
“It’s important for him to see the atmosphere and get a feel for a day in the life of what it’s like on campus at Auburn or wherever it may be,” he added. “I think it’s huge for him to see a gameday environment and meet the coaches, but more important for him I think he wants to meet the players and get to know those guys.”
Rated as the No. 10 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Gallimore is explosive at the snap and has the quickness to make plays in the backfield. That is the kind of player colleges are looking for, something McArthur said has come from a strong work ethic mixed with natural ability.
“He’s one of those unique kids that has a good combination of size and speed,” McArthur said. “His biggest attribute is being able to change direction at that size. A lot of kids have heavy feet or flat feet and this kid runs on his toes. His whole life he’s always been a skill guy at heart, but he came here to Canada prep and after one semester of lifting weights and eating--he didn’t have access to a gym and with his genetics he just blossomed. Every kid here is working their tail off, but this kid gets better every time he lifts and plays.”
Located 20 minutes North of Buffalo, the academy plays much of its football against top teams from New York and the surrounding states in the U.S. Gallimore came to the school from five hours North of St. Catharines hoping to get an education and an opportunity to play football on the next level.
“He’s quite a ways from home,” McArthur said. “He made the decision to come to Canada Prep for the exposure. We play a full U.S. schedule against some of the top high schools in the country. Most of them are ranked pretty high in their states and about half of them are contending for state championships.”
Before his college football career begins he’ll have a chance to make history by taking part in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio in January, becoming the first Canadian player to play in the game. It’s something that is a huge honor for any player selected, but McArthur said it goes much deeper than that.
“It’s huge,” McArthur said. “It’s unheard of and everything is kind of breaking through at once. For me, as a coach, I couldn’t be more proud. At the same time he deserves it 100 percent. For our program, for Canada, for Neville, it’s a huge accomplishment. It’s something we will never forget and it might even change the recruiting atmosphere in Canada.”