Recent Hokies offensive line commit Eric Gallo’s high school coach at Council Rock South likes to say that the school in Holland, Pa., though just 15 miles outside of Trenton, N.J., is still hard to find.
“We’re only 11 years in existence as far as our program is concerned. Sometimes people don’t have it on the radar,” Vince Bedesem said last night. ”We’re actually a very tough place to get to GPS-wise. Everybody keeps screwing it up.”
So Bedesem thinks the Hokies did their due diligence in scouting Gallo, who was unrated by the online scouting services until after his commitment yesterday. The rising senior only had offers from Buffalo, Temple, Massachusetts and Villanova before Tech came calling.
“I think with social media and the availability of these kids to be able to put video and highlight tapes out on the Internet, coaches go on the Internet,” Bedesem said. “I mean, they’re no dummies. Everybody’s got to keep up with the Joneses here. And they keep constantly surfing the net and I guess coach [Jeff] Grimes was the one that found him and started pursuing him and obviously did his due diligence and he hooked up.”
Council Rock South, despite being relatively new, has produced some college football-level talent before, including offensive tackle Justin Pugh, who went to Syracuse and recently was drafted in the first round at No. 19 by the New York Giants. He was a two-star recruit who Bedesem said had two offers when he left high school.
Gallo’s older brother P.J., a 6-foot-3, 245-pound tight end, redshirted at Maryland last year and could be in line for playing time this season.
Eric is a little bigger. At 6-foot-2, 275 pounds, he is the first offensive linemen in the Hokies’ 2014 class and the first player Grimes has secured since joining the staff. Bedesem described him as a “hard-nosed, down-in-the-dirt kind of kid,” which fits the description of the kind of player Grimes has said he wants on the team.
Gallo plays both offensive line and defensive line for Council Rock South, earning all-league honors on both. He was a right guard in the team’s triple-option attack, although Bedesem anticipates moving him to center for his senior season so the Golden Hawks are less predictable about which side they run to most often.
“Probably he looks the prototypical center,” Bedesem said. “Big upper body, powerful legs, very, very, very intelligent. He also translates that into football smarts also.”
That’s on and off the field. Bedesem said Gallo’s a 3.8 student who does a lot of volunteer work. He was also voted the first junior captain in Council Rock South’s history.
“We just feel that for both Eric and Virginia Tech, it’s going to be a great match,” Bedesem said.