Recruiting Rewind

<b>Rodney Gallon's</b> motor hasn't stopped running since he signed with Florida State earlier this month. Gallon, a talented linebacker from <B>Tallahasse Lincoln High School,</b> stopped by to watch the Seminoles' conditioning drills last Friday. Gallon also has been busy conditioning as well, stressing strength and endurance.

Rodney Gallon wanted to see Florida State's offseason conditioning drills himself, so he showed at a recent Seminoles workout.

The conditioning session, formerly known as mat drills, takes place at 6 a.m. at Tully Gymnasium.

"I will tell you one thing, they (players) are out there making sacrifices and getting ready while other teams are still a sleep," Gallon said.

"The drills really test you mentally and physically. It motivates you to keep working."

Gallon, of course, is a player who also thrives on hard work.

The linebacker has been often compared to former Seminole standout Derrick Brooks due to the pair's size.

Although Gallon is listed at only 6-feet and 210 pounds, he was extremely productive for the Trojans.

Gallon earned first-team All-State honors after registering nearly 140 tackles as a senior. He selected FSU over Nebraska, Auburn and Tennessee.

"Right now I've been concentrating on my endurance, power and strength," Gallon said.

"I've been running stadium steps, doing a lot of power lifts, explosive lifts. Some of the lifts I have never done before, but it's really nothing new to me."

Gallon will be joined at FSU by prep teammate Joe Manning. The pair has helped continue a Lincolin pipeline to FSU.

In the last few years, Trojans Craphonso Thorpe, Pat Watkins, Andrew Henry-Kennon, who has since left the team, and Antonio Cromartie have made the short trek from Lincoln to FSU.

The personable Gallon, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite, can't believe his prep career has passed by so quickly. Gallon said he also enjoyed the recruiting process, though it wore on him towards the end.

"It went by faster than I ever thought," Gallon said. "The recruiting process was fun but it got to be a little aggravating towards the end. I never that had much attention but I put myself in that situation and I just thank God for my ability and opportunity."

Gallon also was stunned to hear the news surrounding Miami signee Willie Williams and good friend Jonathan Warren of Madison County.

Williams was arrested 10 times in the span of five years and is collegiate future is in jeopardy. Warren, meanwhile, had his scholarship to FSU withdrawn one day after he and two others were charged with two counts of committing a lewd and lascivious act with a minor.

"I was real surprised when I read that about (Willie Williams)," Gallon said. "I met him during our Auburn visit, and he was real quiet and kept to himself. I imagine the whole recruiting process is going to change because of that.

"Jonathan and I hung out together at the Florida-California All-Star game."

Gallon is looking to make an immediate impact at FSU.

The Seminoles must replace all three starters from last year -- Michael Boulware, Kendyll Pope and Allen Augustin. Linebackers coach Kevin Steele said his unit needed to add more diversity and he earmarked players such as Gallon who can play in open spaces.

"I am coming in with the mentality that I am going to be in the mix and fighting for a spot," Gallon said.

"I am going to work hard and do everything I can to get the mental part and physical part down. I am trying to learn the steps and scheme right now so I will be ready."


Nole Digest Top Stories