Lincoln High Coach David Wilson says which ever school he chooses will be getting an extra special type of player. "Rodney Gallon is the prototype will (weakside) linebacker," Wilson explains. "He is about 205. He runs extremely fast. I think wherever he goes to college, when they measure his body fat he's probably going to come in at about four or five percent. He's got great speed as well and great instincts and he's got toughness. He's tough enough, strong enough and fast enough to play big time college football."
His coach says that Gallon reminds him of a great linebacker who played high school football in the Tallahassee area. "Well, I compare Rodney to Derrick Brooks when he played in high school," Wilson says. "He reminds me a lot of him physically. Derrick Brooks played his senior season at about 185. Rodney played his senior season at about 200."
Wilson says that Gallon's biggest adjustment as a college football player will be the mental aspect of the game. He says the same thing is true of Lincoln High's star cornerback, Joe Manning, who Auburn has also recruited. "They will have to learn the new system--the new defense whatever school they go to," Wilson says.
The Lincoln coach explains that both prospects will bring another strong attribute to their respective colleges of choice. "Their work ethic is outstanding," Wilson says. "There is no problem there. Both of them are good leaders on and off the field and we work our kids year-round."
Both Gallon, who racked up 107 tackles, seven sacks and 14 tackles for a loss this season, and Manning have tripped together over the last two weeks to Auburn and Tennessee and will both head to hometown Florida State this weekend. Gallon also took an official visit out to Nebraska and will make his choice from those four finalists on Monday. FSU and Tennessee are the leaders for Manning.