CRS's Gallo to sign with Virginia Tech

Eric Gallo calls his decision a "dream come true."
Eric Gallo calls his decision a "dream come true."
Posted: February 06, 2014

When it comes to the preparation necessary to be a standout offensive lineman at the Division I level, Council Rock South's Eric Gallo does not have to go far to find a role model.

Justin Pugh, who starred at Council Rock South and Syracuse, recently completed his rookie season as the starting right tackle for the NFL's New York Giants.

"I try to play the same way he does," said Gallo, who was a middle-school student when he first met Pugh. "He's physical, aggressive, and he plays with a ton of heart."

Gallo, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior offensive lineman, plans to sign a letter of intent Wednesday, national signing day, to play football for Virginia Tech. He is expected to play center for the Hokies.

The 18-year-old from Richboro, Bucks County, said playing for the Hokies and longtime coach Frank Beamer is a "dream come true."

With an overall record of 266-132-4 (.667 winning percentage), Beamer recently completed his 27th season at Virginia Tech. He is the winningest active coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Gallo was a center and defensive end in his final season at C.R. South. He earned first-team all-Suburban One League National Conference honors on both sides of the ball.

Virginia Tech was the second school to offer Gallo a scholarship, following Massachusetts. Offers also came from Buffalo, Temple, and Villanova, among others.

"I really liked everything about Virginia Tech," Gallo said. "It's a place where, even if I wasn't playing football, I could see myself going."

Gallo visited Virginia Tech last weekend. He was at Lane Stadium in November when the Hokies bowed to Maryland, 27-24, in overtime.

"The games in Blacksburg are really cool," he said. "The stadium is packed, and the fans are into the game the whole time. It's an awesome experience."

Gallo's brother, P.J. was a standout at Council Rock South and now plays for Maryland. He was a redshirt freshman tight end last season. Maryland is leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten.

"That would have been pretty cool to play against him each year," Eric Gallo said. "I'm sure it would have been a battle for bragging rights."


So. Pa.'s Division I Football Commitments

These are the Southestern Pennsylvania seniors who have committed to Division I football programs and may sign letters of intent starting Wednesday:

Player   High School   Pos.   College   

Patrick Amara   West Catholic   DB   Pittsburgh   

Ryley Angeline   Downingtown East    RB   Delaware   

Tyrone Barge   Imhotep Charter   DL   Rhode Island   

J.T. Blyden   Cardinal O'Hara   RB-DB   Massachusetts   

Tyler Burke    Coatesville   TE-LB   Maryland   

Evan Butts   Episcopal Academy   TE   Virginia   

Luke Carrezola   Neshaminy   TE-DE   Connecticut   

Jamal Custis    Neumann-Goretti   WR   Syracuse   

Eric Drains   Father Judge   DL   Villanova   

Trevor Fennimore   Conestoga   DE   Bucknell   

Zaire Franklin   La Salle   LB   Syracuse   

Troy Gallen   Malvern Prep   Ath.   Delaware   

Eric Gallo   Council Rock South   OL   Virginia Tech   

Connor Golden    Archbishop Ryan   DB   Bucknell   

Scott Hirshman   Conestoga   OL-DE   Colgate   

Brandon Hitner   Garnet Valley   OL   Villanova   

Jordan Majors    Malvern Prep   DB   Cornell   

John Nassib   Malvern Prep   TE-DE   Delaware   

Hayes Nolte   Germantown Academy   QB   Cornell   

Kip Patton   Norristown   WR-DE   Temple   

Hunter Paulus    Malvern Prep   LB   Stetson   

Colin Raysor   Coatesville   OL   Lafayette   

Aaron Ruff   Imhotep Charter   OL   Temple   

Deandre Scott   Imhotep Charter   DB   Arizona State   

Terrell Smith   Episcopal Academy   DB   Brown   

Thaddius Smith    Cardinal O'Hara   WR   Boston College   

Rasaan Stewart   Perkiomen Valley   DB   Villanova   

Danny Sutton   New Hope-Solebury   PK   Towson   

Eric Taylor    Prep Charter   OL   Marist   

Hezekiah Trahan   Roman Catholic   DE   Pittsburgh   

Joseph Walker   Martin Luther King   QB   Delaware   

Anders Warfel   Central Bucks West   OL   Lafayette   

Steve Weyler   Cardinal O'Hara   PK-P   Villanova   

Greg White   West Catholic   RB   Towson   

Daquan Worley   Coatesville   DB   Penn State   

Rick Young    Souderton   OL   Villanova   

- Rick O'Brien


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