Bishop Gorman is heading into the 2014 football season ranked number 1 in the country according to the USA Today. Gorman is a traditional powerhouse, but this high octane offense could potentially be the best in school history. Danny Hong is an impressive quarterback with an arsenal of weapons. Between five-star UCLA commit Alize Jones, who is an elite tight end and four-star wide receiver Cordell Broadus, who is one of the most highly sought after athletes in the class of 2014, BG should be unstoppable. While Jones and Broadus are in the spotlight heading into the fall, Brandon Gahagan could be making a lot of noise in Las Vegas this season.
"This is a really exciting season," Gahagan said. "We have a lot of great pieces in place, and I think we have a chance to be a special team. I have been working as hard as I can to be ready to contribute and help my team win some games. I have really learned a lot from Cordell, Alize, and the rest of my teammates. We have all really been working hard this off season and do a great job feeding off each other. For us, it's never about the individual. Honestly, I could care less about my personal statistics, I just want to win football games."
Gahagan may not care about statistics, but odds are he is going to put up some impressive numbers as a junior. As a sophomore, the crafty receiver hauled in 18 passes for 376 yards (21 yards/rec). Gahagan looks to be significantly better this year.
"I've put in a lot of work to improve my game," Gahagan claimed. "I'm currently 5-10 165 pounds, and have really been focused on studying the game. At my size, I obviously have to be quick, strong, and as fast as anyone on the field, but I also think being one of the smartest guys is crucial too. I am definitely a student of the game. It's all about getting better in all aspects of the game. I am working on running perfect routes, maximizing my speed, and studying defenses until I know all the holes and ways to beat them."
Gahagan has seen some early interest from a few D1 programs, along with a handful of smaller colleges. He is originally from Texas, so a few of the schools recruiting him are standing out early.
"I am mainly hearing from Oregon State, SMU, and TCU," Gahagan explained. "Texas will always be close to the heart, so SMU and TCU have some serious appeal to me. I camped with them this summer and felt pretty good about my performances down there. I ran a 4.49 40 at the TCU camp and ran a 4.00 agility. I feel like I did a good job competing down there and got some great feedback from the coaching staff. It's early so we'll see what happens. I feel like there is nobody more committed than I am to getting better and earning a scholarship."
Gahagan will be returning punts for Bishop Gorman as well as starting out of the slot. If he can continue to get stronger and bigger, he looks like a solid D1 receiver. He has toughness, speed, and does all the little things really well. He had some impressive moments as a sophomore, but should turn into a consistent threat this fall.