At 6-4 and 235-pounds, Holland (PA) Council Rock standout P.J. Gallo has just about as much upside as any tight end in the Class of 2012.
Coaches seem to agree, as a quick glance at Gallo's offer sheet would seem to suggest. NC State and Maryland have offered Gallo out of the ACC. From the Big East, West Virginia, UConn, Pitt and Syracuse have thrown their hats into the ring. Northwestern and Temple are also in play.
One of the things that makes Gallo an attractive prospect is his ability to block and catch. It's tough to find tight ends at any level that are solid blockers that can also stretch a defense, but that's exactly what Gallo brings to the field each and every time he puts on a helmet.
Perhaps surprisingly, then, is the fact that many schools aren't recruiting Gallo as a tight end. In fact, NC State likes him as a defensive end because of his combination of strength and athleticism. He's what you might classify as a jumbo athlete with the potential to play tight end, defensive end or even linebacker.
"I love both sides of the ball," Gallo said. "Defense is great. You get to smack people with your natural instincts. On offense there's the glory of catching passes."
NC State has long been high on Gallo and he's happy to have an offer from the Wolfpack.
"I have a pretty good relationship with coach Petercuskie," Gallo told Pack Pride. "We've talked maybe two or three times over the phone and he's stopped by the school.
"He's told me about the program and about the defense they run with the coaches they have. He talked about the success they've had in the past. It's very intriguing. He said it's a place down South where you're the main show. There's no pro team really. There are three colleges right around you and fans know everything about you."
Gallo is so interested he's planning a visit to Raleigh so he can check things out for himself.
"I'm probably going to shoot down there sometime in June," he said. "Coach Petercuskie gave me a couple of weekends but I'm not exactly sure when I'll be there."
Gallo said he will also try to visit Northwestern and Cincinnati over the summer.
He doesn't have any favorites at the moment.
"Offers are still coming in so I'm still just kind of waiting to see what else happens before I make any decisions or narrow anything down," he said. "I do want to decide before the season."
He mentioned that distance from home will not be a huge factor in his decision. In the spring Gallo visited UConn, Syracuse, Pitt, West Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland and Temple.
Gallo is a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 20 tight end in the nation by Scout.com.
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