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Top WPIAL, In-State Recruit Rodney Gallagher Schedules April Visits

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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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Steve
Steve
8 months ago

Disagree – it speaks volumes hes not visiting Pitt.

Would you rather him not visit?

Terrence
Terrence
8 months ago

I agree with Steve him not visiting pitt isn’t a good sign ,let’s not pretend thats not an issue with him not visiting pitt.

Kowboygoc
Kowboygoc
8 months ago

Stay home and represent your city and become a star. Go somewhere else and be another 5 star player that transfers out after a year. But you also might get the bag💰💰 from the football factory such as Ohio St, pedo st. Alabama or other unscrupulous university x.

Section 122
Section 122
8 months ago
Reply to  Kowboygoc

He’ll be the next WPIAL kid to ND that is never heard from again.

Pittband
Pittband
8 months ago
Reply to  Kowboygoc

Agree, he’s not coming to Pitt and yes he will disappear at ? He needs to talk to Jake Kradel, Dayon Hayes, Elliott and the other Pittsburgh athletes, especially Phil Jurkovec. He would get a shot here, ask Aaron Donald or James Connor. He’s just a number elsewhere.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

No big deal about his noy visiting PITT this month. Important to stay in touch, erspecially with new receivers coach. How come this site is still showing March Madness ads?

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