Penn State's big Junior Day this weekend will have a bit of a family feel to it, thanks to a talented sophomore who will be on hand.
Eric Gallman II is a Class of 2017 receiver from SouthLake Christian Academy in Huntersville, N.C., and he's making the drive to Happy Valley with teammate Aapri Washington (DB, '17) as well as Christian Colon (DT, '16), who attends Independence High in nearby Charlotte.
Gallman's dad, the original Eric, was a running back and receiver at PSU in the early 1990s (he lettered in '95). His career overlapped by one season that of current Nittany Lion assistant coach Terry Smith, who just so happens to be recruiting the younger Gallman.
Gallman is receiving interest from several ACC schools, as well as Georgia, Maryland, East Carolina and PSU. The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder won MVP honors in SouthLake's 2014 AA state championship win (21-14) over Davidson Day after making an interception and later a goal-line tackle on the final play of overtime.
You can see him tearing it up on both sides of the ball in his Hudl video below. He shows good speed and quickness, and is tough for his size.
If you really want to have fun, go to the 1:40 mark of this video to get a fan's eye view (and reaction) to his game-saving play in OT of the state title game. Gallman is the DB (No. 4) who snuffs out the old Statue of Liberty play.
GALLMAN'S TRAVELING BUDDIES
Washington is being very heavily recruited and is already into double figures for offers. The most notable are from Boston College, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Scout has him listed at 5-9, 160, with a verified 40 of 4.5
His cousin, Robert, is a Class of 2016 four-star running back at SouthLake. Robert was initially slated to make the trip with the rest of the crew but is feeling under the weather and will not be able to travel this weekend (more on this later).
FYI: Capri Washington's first name is pronounced ah-PREE
Colon is a three-star Class of 2016 DT who holds a dozen offers. Boston College, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Pitt and South Carolina are among that group.
Hopefully, they'll offer me while I'm up there, Colon told Scout.com. Coach Smith is recruiting me and I think they're close to offering. We have a good relationship and I like him.
I'm looking forward to getting a feel for the campus, he added. I also want to get to know the coaching staff and get to see the academic side of Penn State.
We'll catch up with the North Carolina contingent after their visits this weekend.
ROBERT WASHINGTON UPDATE
As noted above, Robert Washington will not be making the trip to PSU. His father, also named Robert, said his son intended to travel with his teammates but opted against making the long drive since he is not feeling well.
He'll get back up there, the elder Washington said. He likes Penn State and has a good relationship with Terry Smith and (running backs coach) Charles Huff.
The father and son have made two previous trips to Penn State, including one visit last spring when they stayed in town for several days.
When was the last time Penn State landed more than one prospect from North Carolina in a single recruiting cycle?
You're a four-star follower of recruiting if you said 2007.
You're a five-star if you remembered the two players were offensive lineman Quinn Barham and defensive end Kevion Latham.
Since then, PSU has signed only three players from North Carolina -- C Ty Howle (2009), WR DeAndre Thompkins ('14) and OT Paris Palmer ('15). Palmer arrived at PSU via Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Pa.