Chartiers Valley’s Lamont Payne has already committed to Penn State, but the other top junior recruits in Western Pennsylvania are yet to put pen to paper.
Laurel Highland’s Rodney Gallagher, Brashear’s Ta’Mere Robinson and Thomas Jefferson’s Jordan Mayer are three of the top talents to emerge from Western Pennsylvania in 2023, and all three have seen their recruiting processes heat up in the recent weeks and months.
So, what exactly is going on in all three uncommitted stars’ recruiting processes?
Rodney Gallagher — four-star athlete from Laurel Highlands in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Rodney Gallagher narrowed down an extensive offer sheet to just eight top contenders Sunday: Pitt, Texas, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oregon, Penn State and Oklahoma State.
While Gallagher hasn’t decided upon any of his official visits, telling Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s not sure if he’ll narrow down his Top 8 any further or just simply commit, he’s been busy in recent weeks.
With an unofficial visit to Pitt last week, it was the latest in a month of visits to West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Notre Dame. And he’s still planning to visit Penn State in the days ahead — along with Oklahoma State, Oregon and Texas in the next few months.
247Sports rates him as the 81st-ranked recruit in the class, (eighth-ranked athlete and the top-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while Rivals rates him as the 107th-ranked recruit in the class (19th-ranked wide receiver and the top-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania).
Gallagher’s recruitment will be wrapped up, likely, by the end of July. And his official visits could have a major impact in ironing out his decision.
Ta’Mere Robinson — four-star outside linebacker/edge from Brashear in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Ta’Mere Robinson’s junior season ended with an injury, but the talented, versatile defender has flashed enough as an inside and outside linebacker and an edge rusher, to be ranked as one of the top recruits in the cycle.
Robinson has flirted with announcing a Top 5 on Twitter, but his list of nearly 30 offers still remains a mystery.
In the last few months, Robinson has made visits to Penn State, Miami, West Virginia. While he has an official visit planned for WVU, Brashear head coach Andrew Moore told PSN that there have been no official decisions made yet.
247Sports rates him as the 133rd-ranked recruit in the class (16th-ranked edge rusher and the third-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while Rivals ranks him as the 145th-ranked recruit in the cycle (10th-ranked outside linebacker and the second-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania).
Both 247Sports and Rivals project Robinson to wind up committing to Penn State.
Jordan Mayer — three-star edge from Thomas Jefferson in Clairton, Pennsylvania
Jordan Mayer decommited from Boston College over the weekend, and his recruiting process has heated up in recent weeks.
Mayer told PSN that while he feels the Boston College staff is awesome, he rushed his commitment. With a visit to Wisconsin, after holding an offer for a few weeks, he’s also potentially planning a visit to WVU and has been in touch with Michigan and Texas A&M.
247Sports rates Mayer as the 809th-ranked recruit in the cycle (48th-ranked edge rusher and 16th-ranked recruit from Pennsylvania) while Rivals hasn’t rated him yet — giving him a 5.5 Rivals Rating.
While Mayer had been committed to Boston College, his recent turn of events has led to Rivals projecting him to commit to Wisconsin in the coming weeks.