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Rodney Gallagher Speaks About His Official Visit to WVU

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High-profile recruit Rodney Gallagher III (6-foot, 170-pounds) took his official visit this past weekend alongside several other commits and targets for West Virginia. Gallagher is the sixth-highest rated recruit in West Virginia history on 247Sports’ recruiting services and the clear highlight of Neal Brown’s 2023 class.

“The visit was great,” said Gallagher. “I had fun all around. Everything we did and everything they did for us. Just hanging around the players and the coaches, being around the environment and the campus, going to all different places and things. Going to coach Neal’s (Brown) house. I had a great time.”

Highlights of the official visit included a visit to Brown’s house as well as a boat trip. For Gallagher, the actual activities didn’t matter nearly as much to him as him being able to bond with his teammates and coaches, some of who he is meeting for the very first time.

“I think it really was just getting to bond with the coaches and the players,” said Gallagher on his favorite moment from the visit. “I got to know a little bit about the players and how they love the program, just being around them and just being around the coaches even more, I got to spend more time with them than I usually do, so those were my best times all weekend.”

Of course, the most important relationship Gallagher can have with his quarterbacks. The two most notable being incoming four-star freshman recruit Nicco Marchiol and 2022 starter JT Daniels, who can also opt to return next season if he decides against declaring for the NFL Draft. If all goes according to plan though, it will be Marchiol who will get the most reps with Gallagher during his West Virginia tenure.

“I got to meet Nicco. He was my recruiting coach, so I got to spend all weekend with him,” said Gallagher. “Very good friend of mine. Very cool. Chill. He’s a guy I’d love to be around obviously. I spent a lot of time with (JT Daniels) also.”

“It’s real good,” said Gallagher on his relationships with the two quarterbacks. “They asked me questions, I asked them questions. So we just kept talking and all that stuff. And we got to chill on the boat together and all that, so that’s cool.”

While there, Gallagher said he talked with the coaches about where he will fit in during his freshman season. He said the team plans on playing him in the slot to start things out. They want him to play to create plays in space from the slot position.

“They like to get, where I’m playing the slot receiver, to get them in space,” said Gallagher. “They want me to create plays for them and just be me. They’re going to try and get the ball in my hands and I just got to go out there and make plays for them.”

There’s a lot of high expectations surrounding Gallagher as being a key figure in bringing West Virginia back to it’s nationally relevant heights seen as recently as the 2000s. The program has struggled under Brown, having not won more than six games in any of his three seasons at the helm. However Gallagher feels that the talent he brings with his fellow teammates, they can bring West Virginia back to glory.

“That’s why I wanted to go to West Virginia,” said Gallagher. “I just want to make the best impression of myself and really show why I deserve to there. I just need to be myself and be me, and do what I do best.”

As far as the rumors of him playing basketball in addition to football go, Gallagher said he didn’t meet men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins on campus during his official visit. He did however offer his odds on playing two-sports in college.

“I’d probably say 20%,” said Gallagher.

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