Maryland has picked up yet another addition to their 2012 football class while also adding to a position where Maryland has some depth concerns, picking up Council Rock South (Holland, Pa.) tight end P.J. Gallo.
Gallo, a 6’4″ 225 pound rising senior who can also play defensive end, committed to the Terps today, according to Scout.com. He is a three-star prospect by all three recruiting services, and is a top-30 tight end by both Scout and ESPN. He chose Maryland over UNC, Pitt, and West Virginia, as well as a slew of other programs on that similar level.
With Lansford Watson leaving the program and Ryan Malleck headed to Virginia Tech instead of College Park, the Terps are in need of young tight ends (although Watson would have graduated after this year anyway). Matt Furstenburg, Devonte Campbell, and walk-on Ryan Schlothauer are all juniors, while Dave Stinebaugh is a sophomore. The Terps have gone a while without signing a tight end, and Gallo is one of the better ones in this year’s class.
In his junior year, he had 12 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns, with 93 tackles and five sacks on defense. He’s also an excellent student who plans to major in business. He was named all-state AAAA on defense, first team all-league on defense, and second team all-league on offense.
Unlike most of Maryland’s other recent Pennsylvania recruits, Gallo comes from Western Pennsylvania, close to the New Jersey border. No word on whether he’s related to Sports Pickle writer D.J. Gallo. After the jump, let’s take a look at a highlight tape that was surely shot with a cell phone.
He’s very quick off the snap and runs pretty well. He seems to be a great asset in the passing game, but also blocks well, too. He isn’t very impressive physically for a tight end, but he’s been called “blue collar” by many people, and it looks like he does have a great motor. He’s pretty quick, and while he isn’t very big, his effort shows through the video and he’s a force to be reckoned with out there, in the passing game and as a blocker. He’s also got good hands, as is evidenced by the first play in the video.
To me, he’s probably even more impressive as a defensive end skill-wise, but he’s even more undersized for that position and Maryland desperately needs tight ends. I keep on going back on forth between blocking and catching as to what his strength as a tight end, but you can’t narrow it down – he’s truly just as good at both facets of the tight end game.
As TT pointed out, sounds like an Edsall guy.