Gallagher caught 25 passes at 491 meters and stormed 36 times at 392 meters as a rookie at Laurel Highlands.
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Men’s basketball head coach Pitt Jeff Kapel does his best to beat the recruits from other universities. He’s in his own school now.
Laurel Highland’s newcomer, Rodney Gallagher, born on the 7th. March received a basketball offer from Capel, announced Thursday that he also received an offer from Pitt Football.
Gallagher settled as a two-sport student his first year in high school. He caught 25 passes at 491 yards and walked 36 times at 392 yards with the Laurel Highlands High School football team an hour east of Pittsburgh. He also led the team with 10 touchdowns.
The 1.80m, 80kg Gallagher really shone on the hardwood and helped the Mustangs win their first WPIAL championship since 1968, where they beat Mars 52-51 and took the class 5A title. He has an average of 22.7 points, 3.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game during the season.
Gallagher’s products were among the best local players in the first year of secondary school. He was the first rookie named by the Fab 5 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which selects the top five players in the WPIAL and City League, as he began appearing on the roster 40 years ago.
After receiving two offers from Pitt, Gallagher is already in an elite business. According to Kapel, the only two players he nominated in the first year were Marvin Bagley III and Harry Giles, who both play in the NBA. The youngest athlete to receive offers from Pitt football and basketball clubs is Terrell Pryor, from Jeannette High School, who continued to play soccer in Ohio and the NFL.
Gallagher currently has additional basketball offerings from Illinois and Rhode Island, as well as football offerings from William and Mary and Penn State.
Capella and Pat Narduzzi, the head football coach, who approached Gallagher so early in high school, are working hard to lure the elite class of 2023 out of competing schools. Ironically, some of their biggest recruitment competitions have now merged.