Council Rock South (PA) tight end P.J. Galllo caught 12 passes for 246 yards as a tight end this past season. He also finished with 83 tackles and 5.5 sacks on defense. He earned first-team all-league honors and fourth-team all-state honors this past season.
Even though he's been recruited primarily as a tight end, Gallo is getting a bit of a different look from the Pitt coaching staff.
"They're recruiting me for a position called the ‘Panther' back," Gallo said. "I think they have number 93 (Bryan Murphy) there right now, coming up on the line of scrimmage. They explained it to me, and I knew what they were talking about. I can see how that position works. I really like it. It's a cool position. You have to be very versatile, but I'd definitely enjoy playing it."
Obviously, Gallo sounds enthusiastic about being recruited as the ‘Panther,' which is the term designated for Pitt's pass rush specialist, or just a fancy term for the hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end in its new three-man front. He's also open to playing offense or defense at the next level.
"Yeah, I'm open to either one," Gallo said. "I like offense or defense; running around catching the ball. I also like defense a lot, just the natural instincts. You get to follow the ball, and you get to hit people."
Overall, Gallo enjoyed getting an up-close look at Pitt's fast-tempo approach at practice. He also had a chance to get to know the staff better in person.
"It was definitely cool, I did like that they were quick, high-octane, quick pace," Gallo said. "I talked to (receivers) coach (Mike) Norvell, (linebackers) coach (Keith) Patterson and (safeties) coach (Randall) McCray. I got to talk to them all one-by-one. They're all very nice guys, and they all seem very excited to start recruiting."
Gallo has offers from Connecticut, Syracuse, Temple and West Virginia. He was at UConn last weekend, and is expected to take unofficial visits to Syracuse, West Virginia, Northwestern, Maryland, Rutgers, Boston College and N.C. State.