Focus 2004

One of the best all-around athletes on national football recruiting board has not had difficulty attracting the attention of college coaches despite being surrounded by standout players on his own Lincoln High School team. Linebacker <b>Rodney Gallon,</b> who is attracting serious interest from notables such as Florida State and Auburn, will be extremely busy in January.

Gallon, a 6-0, 205-pound outside linebacker with sub 4.5 speed, is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn on Jan. 9th. His trip to see the Tigers will be the second of five scheduled stops for official visits.

Gallon is scheduled to visit FSU Jan. 30.

Gallon's quickness and nose for the football helped him become a three-year starter for Lincoln. He put together back-to-back 100-plus tackle seasons as a junior and a senior. This past fall he finished a 9-3 campaign with 135 tackles. "I consider myself a sideline-to-sideline type of player who is very fast and a hard-hitter," Gallon tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I love to play the game with intensity, passion and fire."

Gallon, who came to Auburn for an unofficial visit on opening day when the Tigers lost to Southern Cal, says he is looking forward to his official visit to AU. "Coach (Joe) Whitt, the linebacker coach, and Coach (Gene) Chizik, the defensive coordinator, are recruiting me for Auburn," Gallon says. "I like both of them a lot. They are good guys."

The linebacker says he likes the tradition of Auburn football and SEC football. He adds that he knows that football is a big deal at AU and likes that. He says he also likes what he has seen from watching AU linebackers play.

"Coach Whitt's linebackers know what they are doing out there," he says. "He is a highly respected coach. His players have had a lot of success in college and they graduate. That is important to me."

A serious student who plans to major in business management, Gallon says he has a goal of one day playing in the National Football League and says he likes the success that Auburn players have traditionally enjoyed in pro football. He says from his time at Auburn he has liked the people he has met who are associated with the program and the university.

If the Tigers want to sign Gallon in February, Auburn will need to make a good impression on the linebacker because he has lots of suitors, including the Nebraska Cornhuskers, who were his hosts for a December official visit. He says that visit went "pretty well" and was impressed with the commitment to football at that university as well as the academic support for athletes.

He says Nebraska, like Auburn and other colleges, is recruiting him as an outside linebacker. "On my official visit there I noticed that the team is real close and that is good to see," Gallon says.

After his trip to Auburn, he is scheduled to take an official visit to Coral Gables to check out the Miami Hurricanes. "I have followed Miami for a long time and I have always been impressed with their defense," Gallon says. "They are all about speed and that is something that interests me."

The other SEC school on his official visit list is Tennessee, where he has a trip planned for Jan. 23.

"Tennessee is another team that believes in playing with a fast defense and it looks like a system where I believe I would fit in," Gallon says.

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