It has been awhile since Colorado State has had a true dual threat starting quarterback. The Rams started addressing that void with the addition of 3-star Justice McCoy from New Orleans in February and are hot on the trail of another versatile quarterback named Justice who also happens to wear the no. 2.
Justice Galloway-Velazquez, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound talent from Fayetteville (N.C.) Cape Fear, said he has mutual interest in the Rams. The 2016 Region Player of the Year and North Carolina All-State selection led his conference in all-purpose yards by over 1,200 yards. That type of production has garnered him interest from schools all over the country.
The big athlete holds offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, and Western Kentucky. Florida State, Miami (OH), NC State, UConn and Yale have shown strong interest as well.
Galloway-Velazquez's intriguing skill set and build have many recruiters drooling over his potential. A true dual threat, the big man passed for 2,476 yards, 26 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions as a junior in 2016, while scampering for an eye-popping 1,912 yards and 26 touchdowns on 8.3 yards per carry.
As for his recruitment, Galloway-Velazquez is taking a slow and steady approach.
"I really don't know yet," he said regarding a list of recruiting favorites. "I have some more visits to go to and then I will probably release that list in a couple months."
Galloway-Velazquez had a successful visit to Appalachian State earlier this spring and will travel to nearby Coastal Carolina on June 15, then Charlotte a week or two later - date to be determined. This fall, the plan is to take official visits to Colorado State and Western Kentucky.
While he may not have a technical list of favorites, CSU has already made a strong impression on Galloway-Velazquez. Head coach Mike Bobo, tight ends coach Joe Cox and quarterbacks coach Ronnie Letson are among the many staffers who have been in communication with him. Coach Cox stopped by Cape Fear this spring to speak with Galloway-Velazquez's coaches to find out more about the star playmaker.
"They said everything. They said I'm really the full package and what they're looking for. They really want me to come up for a visit, so I can look at the new facilities," Galloway-Velazquez said of CSU. "They really want to get a hold of my parents and talk to them and share information with them. They just really like me a lot and all the attributes that I have.
"I started talking to them about two months ago. They really just shared everything that I really wanted to know about it."
Galloway-Velazquez has begun his research on the Rams and is hoping his official visit this fall will give him a much better understanding of the school. For now, CSU is a school that is giving him much to chew on.
"It's pretty high," he said of his interest in CSU. "Just because they're constantly in contact with me and they show a lot of attention; they don't just fall back after they made an offer and they're not just showing medium interest. They're showing high interest. Coach Cox and Coach Bobo are constantly talking to me and I'll call them and talk about all the information I want to know about Colorado State and what's it like up there, and stuff like that. So it's really high, really high up there."
While he ran for nearly 2,000 yards out of the spread in 2016, the Donovan McNabb-type signal caller considers himself more of a pass-first athlete.
"If the play breaks down, you could always trust your legs. You could always do that. If it comes down to it, then yeah, I'm going to tuck the ball and run with it. But if not, then I'm going to do what the coach says. But I feel like I can lead and I can be a player's coach, too. I can help guys out with anything they need. I feel like I know every position on that field pretty well. I can also help out with guys off the field, too, if they need time studying film and going over film with them, I can do that also."