3-star recruit by 247Sports, #8 center overall, #26 player in PA
Eric Gallo was First Team All-State in Pennsylvania’s Class 4A, which is a very impressive accomplishment. We’ve heard through the grapevine that former VT offensive line coach Jeff Grimes fell in love with Gallo’s tape as soon as he saw it, and soon made contact and sent in the scholarship offer.
Gallo has good film against a high level of competition in the state of Pennsylvania. The Hokies have had a number of good players from that state through the years (Jim Druckenmiller, Kyshoen Jarrett, Cullen Hawkins, Cornelius White, Chris Drager, Bob Slowikowski, Kevin Jones, Matt Wincek, Josh Redding, and probably a few others I’m forgetting as well), and it’s good to see them getting involved there yet again. It’s a good football state that is very close to Virginia, we’ve ignored it for far too long.
You can view Gallo’s highlight film on Hudl here. He’s fairly similar to Colt Pettit, although he is bigger and more college-ready at the same stage. Here are the things that stand out to me about Gallo, either from watching his film or reading about him.
Smart and dedicated: Gallo has a 3.9 GPA in high school. You want a smart, dedicated guy at the center position.
Strength: Gallo always appears to be the strongest person on the field in high school. I think he’ll be a favorite of Mike Gentry when he gets to Virginia Tech. He’ll be a 400lb bench presser before it’s all said and done.
Space blocking: I don’t think he is quite as mobile as Colt Pettit, but he still does a good job blocking...
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