Apopka Head Coach on Jeremy Gallon

GBW spoke to Apopka Head Coach Rick Darlington on his star Athlete Jeremy Gallon -- Michigan's brand new commitment. He is the perfect guy that U-M was looking for next.

( Click for: Video on Gallon and his team from Orlando Sentinel )

As a junior run-pass QB for Apopka (located just north of Orlando), Jeremy Gallon rushed for 1,613 yards on 219 carries and for 23 touchdowns (14 games). He also completed 56 of 88 pass attempts (64%) for 1,071 yards and eight touchdowns and no interceptions. After starting at tailback as a sophomore, Gallon was converted to the quarterback position. However, he was also on the receiving end of 1,100 yards of pass receptions. So he's a possible fall-back QB -- altho, to be clear, Michigan went after him as a slot receiver/speed back guy.

He is the perfect guy that U-M was looking for next.

Apopka Head Coach Rich Darlington told GBW:

"He's not a big guy - he's 5-9, 165 pounds." Gallon has recorded a 4.4 in the 40.

"His game is: he's fast. And he's elusive -- he's hard to get a handle on. He changes directions real well."

But that's not all.

"And he's also very strong. He power cleans 310 pounds, which is the most on our team."

As far as Michigan's recruit of Gallon:

"Coach Rod Smith came through here in the spring, and Michigan started recruiting him hard. They offered him right before we started our spring practice, a few weeks back."

He also had offers from Auburn, Iowa State, UCF, UAB and Florida International.

Coach Darlington: "Everyone was very interested in him, and it was just starting to heat up with the big schools actually. But then he just told me he wanted to end things and commit to Michigan."

What did it for Michigan?

"They talked to him about his education, how he could get a degree there -- and we know what kind of school Michigan is."

"So he wanted to go ahead and get it done. He felt real comfortable with it."

"He sat down with his parents and his guidance counselor. They explained to him what it meant to be committed. And we got it done."

What other sports does he play?

"He runs track, he's on the weight lifting team. He's a great basketball player - he doesn't play on the team but he should."

"He's a very talented athlete."

As far as off the field, Coach Darlington said:

"He's a very fun-loving kid. He does impressions to make his teammates laugh. He's low key and quiet around adults -- but the kids think he's really funny. They all love him."

As for camping or visiting Michigan this summer:

"I kind've doubt it. Michigan is a long way away, and he has summer school to take care of, and we have summer workouts."

"If he wants to we can work it out, but I don't think that's in the plan."

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