Gallaspy Talks Commitment

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Reggie Gallaspy wasn't sure he was going to commit to NC State when he took his official visit but going in he thought there was a possibility that he would do so.

Reggie Gallaspy wasn't sure he was going to commit to NC State when he took his official visit but going in he thought there was a possibility that he would do so.

With offers on the table from programs like NC State, Duke, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt among others, Gallaspy had plenty of options. But, he had taken a lot of visits and was growing tired of the recruiting process.

And, he liked what NC State had to offer.

"Really, I wanted to stay close to home," said Gallaspy. "I always wanted to go to college close to my mom, and Raleigh's not far from Greensboro. My dad [who lives in Michigan] can travel down to the games, so staying home was big.

Gallaspy informed the Wolfpack coaches of his decision following the game against Florida State.

"I did it after the game," he said. "We had a dinner at coach Doeren's house, and I did it at his house. It got real hype... everybody was loud. It was amazing to see how much someone really wants you."

A critical factor for Gallaspy was how the Wolfpack uses their running backs. NC State plays three tailbacks and in a variety of ways.

"They run two styles of offense," said Gallaspy. "They run a pro-style and then they run some spread so there is balance. The running backs come out of the backfield, do the Wildcat, and play in the slot.

"Watching them play, it was great how they used the backs so much in their system. That was big for me... seeing how they utilize all their backs."

A terrific student, Gallaspy is fully qualified and signed his scholarship papers with the Wolfpack shortly after making his decision.

"It just makes my life more easier," he said. "There's less stress. I don't have to worry about where I'm going to go. My decision is made and I can focus on school and winning. I'll also get to do more of what a kid wants to do."

He has already been active trying to help the Wolfpack land other top prospects. One of the players he's been talking to, Darian Roseboro, committed a couple of weeks after Gallaspy, and he says he's also talking with Emanuel McGirt and others.

"I've been talking back and forth with a lot of the guys who are already committed and some others," said Gallaspy. "I want to get some guys to join me so we can make a legacy at NC State.

"I saw a lot of them on my visit... Darian [Roseboro], Emanuel [McGirt], Freddie [Phillips], Nyheim [Hines], and Johnny [Frasier] were all there. It was fun to just hang out with guys on the same level as you. We were joking around and talking about things other than football. We were able to talk about fun stuff that kids our age get to do."

What type of a player is NC State getting in Gallaspy? A very productive tailback who is having a huge senior season. He admitted that he didn't have the year he wanted to in 2013, so he dedicated himself to improving in the offseason. Well, he currently leads the state in rushing (2,018) and touchdowns (29), and his Southern (NC) Guilford squad is undefeated.

"Sometimes you're going to fall back in life and when you do you realize where you were at," Gallaspy said. "It makes you want to grind harder. I did a lot of training with First Class Athletics, Jerry Robinson is my trainer, and it's helped me out a lot. It's taken my game to another level.

"Our team is focused and we're prepared. As you can tell by our record and my stats, it's coming along."

Following his senior season Gallaspy will play in the 2014 Shrine Bowl and then enroll in January at NC State.

"That was big for me," he said. "I can start getting my academic foundation in place and that's going to help me academically and on the football field.

"I've probably been to State eight or nine times already, and I'm really impressed with the campus, the library, the school. I can't wait to get there."

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