P.J. Gallo to forgo final year of eligibility


After the 2016 season, P.J. Gallo will end his football career.

The junior will forgo his final year of eligibility to take a job at Goldman Sachs.

The Maryland tight end interned at the multinational investment banking firm this past summer and was recently offered a job. The 2015 campaign will be Gallo’s last with the Terps.

During his time in College Park, Gallo was mostly a special teams player and a backup tight end. In 2014, the Holland, Pa. native only caught two passes for 13 yards. However, one of those receptions was a touchdown against Penn State last November.

Gallo also registered a pair of solo tackles on special teams last season.

The junior was listed as the No. 2 tight end on Maryland’s depth chart that was released during Big Ten Media Days. Fellow junior Andrew Isaacs currently sits atop the depth chart, despite missing most of the 2014 season due to a season-ending knee injury.

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With Gallo taking this great opportunity, Maryland’s depth at tight end becomes a very interesting topic.

As it currently stands, Isaacs is expected to be the team’s starter at the position in 2016, unless another player breaks out or an injury occurs. Derrick Hayward, who is the No. 3 tight end right now, will be a junior and will gain more experience with another year with the team.

One name to keep an eye on this season is former North Carolina commit Avery Edwards. Edwards, who had some off-the-field issues before ever suiting up for the Tar Heels, is a highly-touted prospect that could be an underrated pickup for Maryland.

According to 247Sports, Edwards was a three-star recruit and tabbed as the No. 21 tight end in the nation in the 2014 class. He also had offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida State, Louisville, and Virginia Tech.

It’ll be interesting to see how coach Randy Edsall utilizes his tight ends and if he tries to get them the football more often in 2015.