Gallaspy Filling Multiple Roles

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Reggie Gallaspy still can't believe the way his senior season ended at Southern (NC) Guilford High School.

Reggie Gallaspy still can't believe the way his senior season ended at Southern (NC) Guilford High School.

The Storm had an eight-point lead late in the game before Eastern Wayne rallied to force overtime and eventually defeating Southern Guilford 56-55.

"It was tough," Gallaspy stated. "We ended up 13-1 and lost late in the playoffs. But it was one of the best seasons we had at Southern Guilford. It just didn't end the way we hoped.

"I ended up having a great season individually... it was pretty good."

Pretty good? Gallaspy had one of the best seasons ever by a North Carolina high school running back.

He totaled 3,318 rushing yards, the eighth-best single-season total in North Carolina High School history. His 54 total touchdowns is the third-most ever in the state, trailing only T.A. McLendon (71) and Kevin Parks (59). His 3.86 touchdowns per game mark only trailed McLendon's 4.73 in 2002.

However, he was actually picked to play linebacker in the Shrine Bowl, and this week he's been playing both positions during practice.

"It's been fun," he said. "You get the full experience of the Shrine Bowl. It was setressful learning all the plays, but you get used to the formations. You buld muscle memory and get better as the week goes on."

The transition to outside linebacker has also been smooth for Gallaspy, who has looked good rushing the passer and in coverage.

"It's basically going back to the position I played my junior year. I played some outside linebacker, but I didn't really guard the slot receivers much. They do have me blitzing here, and I did that a lot. I feel comfortable with it.

"At both spots I've been rotating. We don't really know who is starting but it doesn't matter. It's still a great experience."

"We're just having fun and keeping our mind on doing it for the kids," he added. "We do this for the children who can't do what we're capable of doing."

Like the Wolfpack's other commitments, Gallaspy has been talking with uncommitted prospects and he pointed out that he has target three: Princeton (NC) tailback Johnny Frasier, New Bern (NC) cornerback Mike Hughes, and Garner (NC) athlete Nyheim Hines (who isn't at the Shrine Bowl).

"I've been talking to Nyheim, Mike, and Johnny Frasier," said Gallaspy. "That's been going good. [Laughing] Johnny has been keeping it on the secrative side, but I think we might pull Nyheim and Mike."

Gallaspy, who received a heavy workload this season for Southern Guilford knows that it would be hard to tally that many carries on the college level and stay healthy, so he's hoping Frasier and Hines will join him in Raleigh.

"We want to get a good running back group," he said. "It gives you a lot of breaks and you know at any institution you play multiple backs so you can't have just one back. We need to have many more than that."

Gallaspy has signed scholarship papers with NC State and will enroll in early January. He can't wait to get to Raleigh.

"I'm excited. I'm ready to get up there and get to work."

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