Rodney Gallagher is one of the most sought-after recruits in the country, ranked a Top 100 recruit in 2023 by 247Sports, and he’s going to be very busy in the month of April.
Starting tomorrow, Gallagher will be visiting West Virginia (Saturday, April 2), Virginia Tech (Saturday, April 9), Ohio State (Saturday, April 16), Notre Dame (Saturday, April 23) and Penn State (Saturday, April 30).
Gallagher, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound four-star athlete from Laurel Highlands in Uniontown, Pa., has picked up offers from four of the five (the exception being Ohio State) — in addition to Arizona State, Connecticut, Houston, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oregon, Pitt, Syracuse, Texas, Toledo, William & Mary and Wisconsin.
247Sports rates him as the 81st-ranked recruit in the class, the eighth-ranked athlete and the top-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania. Rivals is slightly lower on him, rating Gallagher as the 107th-ranked recruit in the class, the 19th-ranked wide receiver and the top-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania.
A two-sport star who committed to football over basketball, Gallagher led Laurel Highlands to the WPIAL playoffs while throwing for 1,365 yards and 12 touchdowns and running for 1,130 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Gallagher led Laurel Highlands to a 27-1 season capped by a WPIAL title on the basketball court — Pitt’s basketball court.
While Pitt is not included on Gallagher’s list of April visits, that shouldn’t necessarily lead to any concern. Gallagher has already visited Pitt a handful of times, including Pitt’s win over Clemson last season, after receiving his offer nearly two years ago.
While Gallagher’s relationship with Pitt was forged by former wide receivers coach Brennan Marion, head coach Pat Narduzzi has taken an increased role in personally recruiting one of Pitt’s top targets in what could be one of his best yet.
Narduzzi took an interest in Gallagher’s quest to win the WPIAL title on the hardwood this winter, so while the on-campus factor hasn’t happened, Narduzzi and Pitt have been active in continuing the relationship.
As Gallagher’s senior season draws near, the summer months will likely prove vital in either bringing him back on campus and making a finalist list or falling back as other schools chase his signature.
Landing Gallagher would be a statement recruiting win for Narduzzi, especially coming off an ACC title, in the quest to continue fostering greater success at Pitt.