Recruiting Flashback: Joey Galloway

As National Signing Day approaches, will look back at recruiting profiles of several former Ohio State stars. Next up is Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Joey Galloway, whose profile originally appeared in the Feb. 24, 1990, issue of Buckeye Sports Bulletin.

If Ohio State head coach John Cooper wants to switch to a high-octane offense during the next couple of years, it appears he has the firepower to do so.

The Buckeyes have recruited three big-play quarterbacks – Joe Pickens, Preston Harrison and Johnny Mattress – to go along with three big-play wide receivers – Chris Sanders, Norman Williams and Joey Galloway.

Galloway, from Bellaire, Ohio, is similar to the other two wide receivers. He is 6-0 and is equipped with good hands. And while Sanders and Williams can occasionally break the 4.40 barrier in the 40-yard dash, Galloway can do it consistently.

Galloway runs 4.35 seconds in the 40 and according to his high school coach, John Magistro, he can catch the football.

"He is a football player first and a real good athlete second," Magistro said. "He is basically one of the premier wide receivers in our area. He really combines strength and speed."

At 6-0, 170 pounds, Galloway isn't just a speed burner. He also has plenty of power, bench pressing 325 pounds.

"When Ohio State came to recruit, he clean lifted 225 pounds," Magistro said. "His strength is very good and it can only get better."

Bellaire went just 1-9 this year and Galloway admitted his statistics were not very good this season. He was more inclined to talk of the numbers he put up on the board as a junior when he caught 42 passes for 973 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has been named to the all-state team the past two years and holds virtually all of the Bellaire and Ohio Valley Athletic Conference receiving records.

"From a team standpoint, I was disappointed this year," Galloway said. "And even during my sophomore year, I had more yards than I had this year."

Galloway, who was recruited by Ohio State assistant Fred Pagac, said there were two basic reasons he chose the Buckeyes.

"For one, it is in-state and I really enjoyed my visit. I had been there a couple of times before and (tailback) Dante Lee was my host," he said. "And the other is I think I will be able to play early."

Galloway, a member of BSB's "Hot Twenty," thinks Ohio State will begin to throw the football more in the future. At least that is the message that Cooper relayed during the head coach's visit to Galloway's home, according to Magistro.

"Cooper told him that he wanted to throw the ball as much as he can," Magistro said. "But you need to have people to do that. And with the type of personnel he is getting, that's the type of balance he is looking for."

Pagac was also a major factor in Galloway's decision.

"Coach Pagac has been coming down here for a couple of years," Magistro said. "And he talks to a kid the way he should talk to a kid. Joey liked and respected that."

Galloway said he realized, with the prize recruits Ohio State has landed this year, that the commitment has been made to further improve the Ohio State offense.

"They have got a couple of good quarterbacks coming in," he said. "And that has made me a lot more confident."

Added Magistro, "Look at the year they have had recruiting. Every player, except for one (Ricky Powers) that they wanted from Ohio, they have gotten. Plus, their record has a lot to do with it."

Galloway, who averages 22 points per game as a starting point guard for the Big Red basketball team, decided early that he wanted to play football and not basketball in college.

"It was probably during my sophomore year," he said. "I had a lot more success in football and I really like all sports. But I had mu success in football."

Besides basketball, Galloway also played baseball last year and intends to run track this spring.

"I think he had 27 stolen bases in about 15 baseball games," Magistro said.

The Bellaire head coach said he was pleased with Galloway's selection of Ohio State and that the Buckeyes were probably the top team in the wide receiver's mind all during the recruiting process.

"I think Ohio State was definitely in the running the whole time," Magistro said. "But I was concerned with Michigan State.

"After Joey took his visit, all factors considered, and he looked at the academic end of it, that even convinced him more Ohio State was right."

In addition to OSU and Michigan State, Galloway also considered Colorado, Southern Cal and West Virginia.

He was not, like many kids growing up in Ohio, raised an Ohio State fan.

"I just like watching college football," he said. "I didn't really have a favorite team."

Galloway, Sanders and Williams will join returning starters Jeff Graham, Greg Beatty and Brian Stablein along with reserves Bobby Olive and Bernard Edwards and redshirt freshmen Roger Harper and Aaron Payne to form one of the deepest OSU receiving corps in recent years.

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