Current wide receiver commitment Barry Gallup says he can't wait for his senior season to begin.
"I'm really looking forward to it," said Gallup. "We have a great quarterback coming back so I'm really looking forward to our season. He's trying to decide right now between Harvard and Princeton, and he's a great player."
Gallup was used a lot last season as a running back as well as a wide receiver. We asked Gallup where he'd likely line up this season for Wellesly high.
"We graduated all five of our offensive linemen last year so my coach has said we'll probably air it out more," he said. "We're usually more of a grind-it-out type of team. I'll probably be working 50/50 at running back and wide receiver. I'm hoping to catch a lot more balls this year."
The future Irish player said he's worked hard this summer to prepare himself for his senior season.
"When I finished my season last year I was about 160 pounds," Gallup admitted. "I've tried to add a lot of strength while keeping speed this summer. I work out Monday through Thursday. I'm up to 179 pounds right now and I haven't used any supplements to get there. My running workouts have been real intense. I use running sleds and resistance bands to build my strength and speed. I think I'm in great shape for the season."
Gallup says he hasn't had a lot of time to do much else this summer.
"I've been really busy. I work out from about 6:30 (AM) to about 10:30 (AM). Then I work as a lifeguard from about 11:00 (AM) to 8:00 (PM)," he said. "It's not like I'm complaining. I have a pretty easy job, but it keeps me busy."
As most Irish fans know, Gallup's dad is the Director of Football Operations at Boston College. We asked Barry how his commitment has been received around the Boston area.
"Everyone has been great for the most part," he said. "Everyone has been very happy for me. I think everyone kind of understood my situation and has been really supportive of my decision. You might have the occasional person (who might say something), but for the most part, everyone has been really supportive."
We asked Gallup if he had any goals or predictions for his senior season.
"We don't play in a league where we have a state championship or anything because we're a private school," he said. "Our team goal is to go 8-0. The past two seasons we've lost and we want to go 8-0 this year.
"As for a personal goal, I really don't have any, I just want our team to win. I had 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year, but I don't want to make any predictions about anything like that. I guess my personal goal is to never come out of a game. I don't like it when they take me out of the game," he said with a laugh.
If Gallup won't make any predictions about his team, what about the Irish?
"I think this could be one of their best years in awhile," Gallup said. "I think they'll surprise some people. They have four quality wide receivers, they have Brady Quinn back, they have Darius Walker back….they're going to be better than a lot of people think."