VT Scores Athletic OL Eric Gallo

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The latest rising high school senior to verbally commit to Virginia Tech is Eric Gallo , a 6’3″, 280-pound offensive line prospect out of Council Rock South High School in Holland, Pennsylvania.  Gallo made his commitment just days after he and his family toured Virginia Tech for the first time on an unofficial visit.

“It feels great.  I’m really excited,” Gallo told TechSideline.com.

Gallo came to his decision on Tuesday.  Tuesday night, he gave the good news to new Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.

“I really like the school itself, but it was just a gut feeling.  I knew [Virginia Tech] was the place for me,” said Gallo, who also considered offers from Buffalo, Massachusetts, Temple and Villanova.  Pittsburgh and others expressed serious interest.

“Me and Coach Grimes, we have a good relationship.  We communicate a lot.  He has been at my school twice now.  When I went out to visit, he and the rest of the coaches were very nice to my family and I.”

After earning honorable mention all-state and all-league honors his sophomore season, Gallo enjoyed a breakout junior season, earning Pennsylvania Football News first-team all-state honors on offense, all-Southeast Pennsylvania honors on defense, and first-team all-league honors on both sides of the ball.  The Council Rock South standout is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a center, a position he played some his sophomore season.

“What separates me from other players is my footwork, my athleticism, and my agility.  I think I move pretty well for a big man,” Gallo said.  “My head for the game also separates me.  I love the game of football.  I’m a student of the game.  I watch a lot of film, which helps in the mental aspect.”

Asked if there was anything Coach Grimes liked in particular, Gallo said:  “Coach Grimes said what he is looking for in an offensive lineman is toughness and intelligence, especially intelligence at the center position.”

Council Rock South head coach Vince Bedesem echoed some of the same sentiments when describing Gallo, but he added other important attributes:  Leadership and work ethic.

“He deserves where he is right now because of work ethic,” Bedesem said.  “He was voted captain as a junior, something that had never happened in this school’s 12 seasons.  He’s a quality kid.