Owasso Also Has A Tight End Prospect

Through the early phases of the 2012 recruiting class we have identified the talent at Owasso (Okla.) High School in athletic quarterback Kason Key and playmaking wide receiver Keon Hatcher. But it turns out that the Rams have a tight end prospect in Matt Gallagher, a 6-4, 225-pound brainiac that can also catch and block and is drawing recruiting attention primarily from the Ivy League schools.

It has something to do with his 4.0 GPA and his 34 ACT score along with his football.

"I come from an Oklahoma State family and Stillwater is like home for me," Gallagher said. "Oklahoma State would be number one for me and I couldn't ask for anything better.

"If not Oklahoma State, then maybe Duke. I've never been to Durham, but I would be curious to see how things work there with the football players and academics. Coach Jackson, who used to play at OU, is the area coordinator and has contacted me about playing at Dartmouth. I've heard from Harvard, Yale, and Air Force. I think we are going to go up and check out the Ivy League schools."

Gallagher runs well with a 4.88 clocking in the forty just a couple of weeks ago, and he is working to improve his speed and also put on weight and muscle. Last season he had close to 20 catches and scored four touchdowns. His main focus was on blocking.

"Basically that has been my biggest job, and I feel like I'm a good blocker," Gallagher explained. "I'm smart and I don't have issues with assignments. I'm not trying to be egotistical but I believe I do a really good job as a blocker, run blocking or pass protection."

Gallagher is involved in spring football at Owasso and is planning on some summer camps. But he is also leaving in June for a mission trip to China. Details are somewhat secretive as there could be security issues.

Gallagher has a giving personality as he says while his mind changes day to day, he is considering majoring in pre-med because he is thinking about being a pediatrician.

Good blocking tight ends need to have a little of that sacrificial attitude. That's what makes football players into good blockers.

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