Bradley Gallon, a sophomore at Hutchinson Community College, was on hand to witness Kansas State's victory against Big 12 rival Missouri. The 6-foot, 200 pound linebacker/safety accepted an invitation to the game from the Wildcat coaching staff who signed three "Hutch" players last year.
"The trip was very good," said Bradley Gallon. "It was my first time at a good Division 1 school. I really enjoyed it out there. In the media room I talked a little with Coach (Dana) Dimel and was messing around with Joe (Gordon).
"It was good to see my old teammates, Meshak (Williams), Shaun, (Simon, and (Angelo) Peace. I went up there with my roommate, Dominique Terrell, who grew up in Wichita with Chris Harper, so we got to talking with him for awhile."
Gallon, who graduated from Apopka High School in the Orlando area in 2010, is awaiting his first offer. He's hearing from a variety of schools across the county.
"At the moment I don't yet have an offer," Gallon said. "Lousiana Tech seemed to be really interested. I've talked with Coach Paul (Nichols) and the Head Coach [Tim Beckman] at Toledo. They want me to send them film. I've also spoken with Ron Stoops, the linebackers coach at Youngstown State. I've gotten a lot of letter from Louisiana-Lafayette. Northern Colorado wants me to come visit next week. I'm hoping to hear more from the Kansas State coaches soon."
Gallon had a big freshman season at Hutch, but injured his shoulder in the first game of the season and is likely done for the year. Despite the injury he remains hopeful his strong showing as a freshman will enlighten interested D1 coaches to his future ability.
"Last season was amazing," Gallon said. "I was the fourth leading tackler on the team with 75. I had an interception and returned a fumble for a score. I had three solo tackles in our first game before I got hurt.
"The injury required me to have shoulder surgery. I took a medical redshirt so I'll have three more years of eligibility remaining. I'm just going to stay out and fully recover then come back strong next season. My physical therapy starts Wednesday."
Gallon played linebacker in high school until his senior year when they moved him to safety. This year he started game one at cornerback after playing safety in spring and fall practice. He can play all three positions, but is mainly being looked at as a safety.
"All of the coaches recruiting me in high school ended up getting fired with the head coach," Gallon said. "I was being looked at by Colorado State and Auburn.
"Hutchinson offered me a fresh start. We have a really nice coaching staff here who says if you do what you're supposed to we're going to do all we can to help get you into a good four year college. Playing here has helped to expand my game and prepared me to be successful when I take the next step."
Gallon will graduate Hutchinson in December allowing him to become available to come in and be a part of spring practice.
"I want to see which schools offer and find the one that's the best fit for me," Gallon said. "I want to find a school where I can major in something I want to do as a career. I was thinking about Criminal Justice, but I don't know yet. Choosing a place that will help me become successful both on-and-off the field is what's most important to me.
"Football-wise I'd like to see how well I'd fit into the defensive scheme and what I'd need to do to adjust to it from the defenses I've been a part of."
Gallon (No. 22) helped the Blue Dragons to a 10-2 season and No. 5 national ranking as a freshman at Hutch. He is the youngest of five siblings. His older brother, Jeremy, plays wide receiver at Michigan and made a remarkable 64-yard reception in the waning seconds to help the Wolverines upset Notre Dame in September. Bradley Gallon was a four-year starter at Apopka in football and also starred on the track squad in the triple jump, long jump, and 4x1 relay.
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