Twice before, Council Rock South (Pa.) 2019 tight end Nick Gallo has seen the recruiting process unfold. His older brother, Eric Gallo, is a senior center at Virginia Tech. His oldest brother, PJ Gallo, graduated from Maryland in the spring of 2016.
The youngest Gallo is now a part of it. Virginia Tech offered June 17 when he visited for its camp and joined UCONN, Temple and Morgan State.
But with two years of high school still to go, Nick is just getting started. He’s gaining familiarity, and for now, a feel for some of his options.
“First off, I’m looking for academics,” Nick said. “That’s important because football can only take you so far. I’ve seen that with my brothers. Then, I want a good relationship with the coaches, feeling like it’s a home.”
From watching his brother, Eric, Nick has already gained quite a bit of familiarity with the Hokies. He attended each of their away games last season, and over the course of the last three seasons has been on hand for numerous games to watch his brother play. That helped make the offer a bit more special than the others.
“It was really cool just because my brother is there,” Nick said. “It was cool that it’s some of the same staff. As you know, the brothers are very famous at Virginia Tech. I thought that was cool, just to say I could be one of those brothers. But right now, I’m just weighing out my decisions.”
Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach James Shibest has been Nick’s primary contact and made the scholarship offer. Nick said he’s been impressed with Shibest’s approach thus far.
“He’s been really nice to me,” Nick said. “We’ve been able to talk a few times since I’ve been in for practice and camp. He’s a good coach. I really like him. I got to get some hands-on experience with him at camp. He likes what I do and I like what he does. We fit together pretty well.”
Nick has also gotten plenty of insight about the Hokies from Eric. Though Eric will have graduated by the time Nick reaches college, the guidance has been invaluable.
“I was actually with him at camp when Coach (Justin) Fuente offered,” Nick said. “He’s been talking a lot, saying what he likes about it. He’s kind of been guiding me about what campus is about, what football is like. It’s cool that he’s been there…it’s nice...
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