Gallup Thrilled with Decision

Sixteen more names have been added to Notre Dame's 2006 recruiting class since wide receiver Barry Gallup pledged to the Irish in April, and he's been following them all closely. Gallup likes the recruiting momentum as well as the performance of his future teammates.

While Notre Dame is already five games into season, Barry Gallup and his Belmont Hills teammates are just getting into their season. Their opener was played just over a week ago.

"We played Roxbury -- we won 21-0. They're actually one of our big rivals, so it was a good win for us," Gallup explained. "We generally open with a less competitive team, but they were pretty good and they're supposed to be a contender for the championship, so it was a good win."

"I did well. I'm much more of a wide receiver and that's what I'll play in college, but I line up a lot at tailback for my school," Gallup said of his first game. "Against Roxbury I had 17 carries for 182 yards; I had two receptions, one was for 45 yards for a touchdown on a post (route) and the other was for 15 yards on an out (route).

"We have a great quarterback, he's choosing between Harvard and Princeton to play football. Taylor (Glor) is a tall, 6-5, lefty. Those were the only two passes he threw because we got up on them early and we really didn't have to throw," he added.

Glor wasn't alone in considering Ivy League schools to continue his football career. Gallup comes from a football family and understood that he was going to have to impress major colleges beyond his performances for his high school.

"I was considering Harvard because academics are really important to me and I worked really hard in school," he explained. "I really didn't know where my opportunities were going to be. I thought I had the ability to compete at the highest level, but at the same time being a wide receiver from Massachusetts that isn't your prototypical recruiting area.

"Rob Ianello used to be the wide receiver coach at Wisconsin. When I was a sophomore he saw me at the Penn State Nike camp and he stood and watched me for awhile. I went against a lot of good guys and I did alright. I kept going up against Myron Rolle and did pretty well."

Once the Irish staff had an opportunity to see Gallup's tape they offered him a scholarship and Barry accepted a short time later making him the second commitment of the recruiting class.

Now that his college plans are set, Barry is playing close attention to his future teammates and he has been impressed.

"Yeah and I've been watching all of them," he replied when asked if he watched the Notre Dame games. "My mom always tapes them and then we watch them together.

"I thought they've been awesome. I can't say that I'm surprised because I know how great of a coach coach Weis is. I've been real impressed with how much they're playing like a team. They obviously put the team before the individual, that's how I've always been taught. It looks like coach Weis has them prepared every week and I feel like they can play against anyone in the country. I think they have proved that already.

"As far as the wide receivers," he continued. "Jeff Samardzija has become my favorite player in college football. I think he's been playing great. They've obviously been coached well. They run really precise routes. They throw a lot. They attempted 60 passes against Michigan State.

"Watching them I think they catch with their hands – away from their body. That's something I've always worked on and my dad always stresses, and it's obviously something that I'm going to continue to work on. I've just been real impressed with them and their technique, how they get off the line. I think they do a good job, but it's obviously different for those guys because they can use swim moves and things like that. I think for me, I'll need to use my feet a lot more."

"I've watched the Patriots through the Charlie Weis era; I think there are a lot of similarities," Gallup said of the Irish offense compared to the Patriot's offense. "The only difference I think is personnel. Notre Dame obviously has the two 6-5 guys, while the Patriots had a lot of short wide receivers that were quick."

October 15 will be a big recruiting weekend and a number of his classmates will be attending the game that weekend. Unfortunately Gallup has a game and he won't be able to get out to South Bend until November.

"I'm actually going unofficially for the Tennessee game which is November 5," he said. "And then I'm thinking about taking a visit for the banquet weekend, which is December 2. The coaches told me that was probably the best weekend to go. I guess a lot of guys are going then. I get to go twice in a month so I'm excited.


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