Gallaspy Checks Out UNC Atmosphere

Prior to Saturday, Reggie Gallaspy had yet to attend a football game in Kenan Stadium. By the end of the football season, the 2015 prospect will have attended three North Carolina home contests.

"I know the academics are No. 1 at North Carolina, but I want to see the atmosphere," Gallaspy said.

Saturday against Virginia, Gallaspy received his first glimpse of UNC's game day atmosphere. The 6-foot, 215-pound running back from Greensboro (N.C.) Southern Guilford will travel to Durham this Saturday for Duke vs. Miami before attending UNC's final two home games.

"[The UNC-Virginia game] was really good," Gallaspy said. "It was a pretty decent atmosphere. It probably would be a much better atmosphere when it comes to a rivalry or a much bigger game. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a much bigger game when they play Duke."

Since Larry Fedora took office, UNC has made a concerted effort to improve its game day atmosphere with changes to Tar Heel Town and the Victory Walk and the addition of fireworks and a pregame DJ, among other things.

"It's a real good game atmosphere," Gallaspy said. "It's an atmosphere that I'd love to be in and play in. I know it's the type of atmosphere that will boost my play."

Shortly after arriving on campus, Gallaspy was escorted to Fedora's office for a quick meeting with the Tar Heels' head coach.

"He wanted to talk to me about how my opportunity is still there with North Carolina," Gallaspy said. "He said he's really looking forward for me to make my decision in favor of them so that they could go ahead and get this thing going."

Gallaspy also had conversations with Chris Kapilovic, his primary recruiter, and Randy Jordan, UNC's running back coach.

"Coach Jordan basically just told me that if you have the talent at North Carolina, he'll put you in the game," Gallaspy said. "… He said no matter what the score is, he's going to be rotating running backs in."

Gallaspy saw that firsthand against Virginia. Six running backs rushed the ball at least once, while four rotated in when the game's outcome was still in doubt.

The running back by committee approach isn't the philosophy Southern Guilford has employed this season. To the contrary, Southern attempts to get Gallaspy on the field as much as possible – that includes on defense and special teams – and has made him its focal point.

"It would be more like my sophomore year," Gallaspy said. "I'd be able to have breaks and be more fresh. Like after a big run, I'd be able to trade out with another running back to give me a quick breather and then I'll be able to get back in and be dominant again. It's a good thing, but also as a running back you want to make plays. So it's a good and bad thing."

Many recruits head into the football season with plans to attend college games every Saturday, but most fail to achieve that goal. Gallaspy is one of the few who has been in a college stadium almost every fall Saturday. His portfolio consists of Clemson-Georgia in Clemson, Oregon-Virginia in Charlottesville, NC State-UNC in Raleigh, Georgia Tech-UNC in Atlanta, East Carolina-Virginia Tech in Greenville, Wake Forest-NC State in Winston-Salem, and Tennessee-South Carolina in Knoxville.

"I don't really have a favorite, those all were pretty decent," Gallaspy said. "All were tough games, so none really stick out right now."

That indecision extends to Gallaspy's ability to name favorite schools.

"I still have schools that I want to visit, especially during the summer," Gallaspy said. "I definitely want to visit LSU and Auburn. Of course, I'd like to go back to Ohio State and Michigan and Michigan State. I'd like to visit Indiana and Wisconsin and schools like that. Until I'm finished my visits, I'll sit down and decide out of all those experiences which one sticks out the most."

Furthermore, Gallaspy doesn't plan on naming a list of finalists prior to making a verbal commitment.

"I'm going to leave the door wide open," Gallaspy said. "I don't want to close any doors, because I don't know if I want to stay on the east coast or go out west. I really don't know."

With that said, UNC is in great position for Gallaspy.

"They're very close to the top right now," Gallaspy said.

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