Gallimore has National Appeal

Neville Gallimore is a little off of the beaten path when it comes to college football recruiting. Hailing from the land of the Maple Leaf and the Canadian Football League, the talented defensive lineman has always dreamed of taking his talents to America to play among college football's most elite talents. With eight early offers in hand, Gallimore has a lot of thinking to do.

Neville Gallimore profile

"I have always wanted to play Division one football," said Gallimore. "I am very happy with how things have gone so far and I am very excited about all of the opportunities that have been offered to me.

"I think a lot of all of those schools and their belief in me.

"I am very honored to have the scholarship offers that I have and I appreciate all of the coaches who are willing to give me a chance."

Many Canadian players share a collective dream of taking their football talents to the United States, but exposure is often hard to come by.

Gallimore has a few advantages over some of his fellow countrymen.

"We are like the only Canadian school that plays an American schedule," explained the 6-3, 280 pounder. "We play some top competition too, so a lot of people get to see us play against some great teams.

"My coach is an alum of Cal-Berkley, so he knew a lot of people and had a large database of coaches he could call or e-mail about all of us.

"He has done a great job of getting our names out there and letting colleges know about us."

To date, Gallimore has collected offers from Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nevada, South Florida, TCU and Wake Forest.

The talented defensive lineman has a lot to consider and while he plans to keep his options open for a while, he admits to being a little intrigued by Mississippi State.

"I know that they are in the SEC and that they play some great competition down there," said Gallimore. "I know it's a lot warmer down there compared to what I am used to.

"I have had the chance to talk with the coach there when they offered me and I like many of the things he had to say."

The Bulldogs are one of several teams jockeying for position in what is shaping up to be a lengthy recruitment.

"I am going to wait and make my decision sometime around national signing day," said Gallimore. "I want to be able to take all of my visits and see what all of the schools have to offer.

"I am just going to keep all of my options open and be open to any of the schools that are recruiting me, while I do my research.

"I am going to research all of the schools that are offering me a scholarship and then I am going to begin making a decision once all of my research is complete."

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