Rodney Gallagher is one of the most talented WPIAL athletes in many years and today he received an offer from one of the most storied programs in all of college football.
The talented multi-sport wide receiver from Laurel Highlands High School added Notre Dame to his long list of offers. The Fighting Irish join Pitt, Penn State, Arizona State, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin as schools that are pursuing this 2023 4-star talent.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke with Gallagher Wednesday evening following his phone conversation with the Notre Dame staff.
“We got on a call with my high school coach and Notre Dame,” said Gallagher. “We were talking and wanted to know more about me and my background. Wanted to know what my coaches and my dad had to say about me. After we talked for about 30 minutes, Coach Alexander said that they wanted to offer me.”
“I was just glad that I was one of the kids that they picked to offer. It was great news and I was surprised and although they have been interested for a while now, I thought that they wanted me to come on campus first but they obviously didn’t, so I’m glad to get the news. A few years ago, I had no idea that I’d eventually get an offer from Notre Dame but I kept working hard before I got to high school and believed that if I kept working hard that God would take care of it. I’m glad he did and I’m just going to keep working and believe more will come. Notre Dame is a great school that everyone knows about and I feel fortunate to get this news.”
It’s well known that Gallagher is also a star on the basketball court, having received offers from Pitt, Penn State, Illinois, Florida, Wake Forest, Rhode Island, Hampton and George Mason. Gallagher has stated his desire to attempt to play both sports in college, so, did the Notre Dame football coaches bring up basketball today?
“Yes, they said that when I get up there (for a visit), they’d like to see if I can play both. After they offered me, the Notre Dame basketball coach followed me (on Twitter) so hopefully they’ll be in contact soon,” said Gallagher.
The Notre Dame offer wasn’t the only news coming today from Gallagher as he tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that on June 1, he plans on making unofficial visits to both the Pitt football and Pitt basketball programs.
Gallagher went on to say that he plans on having a busy summer with trips planned to Notre Dame, Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State, Arizona State and Ole Miss. He’s looking to use the summer to visit schools that have offered and shown interest in him.