On Wednesday afternoon, West Virginia picked up a commitment from top 100 prospect from the 2023 class in Rodney Gallagher. WV Sports Now’s own Logan Carney was at Laurel Highlands High School and caught up with the Gallaghers.
“It’s very exciting. As you can see the students and the community came out to express their appreciation for him, so it was very gratifying to see today,” Gallagher’s father, Rodney, Jr., said.
A common theme with Gallagher’s family is the love for West Virginia’s coaching staff. WVU safety coach Dontae Wright was the lead recruiter in Gallagher. The Uniontown, PA, native visited Morgantown in early April and is planning on visiting again from June 3-5.
“I feel like it bounced a little bit, once we visited the last time we had went to a practice and spent time with the coaches a little bit. From then on, it felt like a family environment,” Gallagher’s sister, Alyssa, said.
Rodney’s father felt the same way about the coaching staff and thinks this is the best fit for his son, despite growing up as a Pitt fan.
“I love [his choice],” Rodney’s father said. “I love the fit, I love Neal Brown, I love Dontae Wright. It’s 20 minutes down the road, I’m happy.”
Gallagher is one hell of an athlete. The future Mountaineer played basketball on top of football, playing point guard for the Mustangs. Gallagher also has played quarterback during his time at Laurel Highlands, finishing off his junior year with 1,365 passing yards, 1,130 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns for the Mustangs.
“His work ethic and determination will get him to that [next] level,” Rodney’s sister, Kaylea, said.