A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile the only tight end in Maryland's 2012 recruiting class.
P.J. Gallo, Freshman, Tight End
Twitter: None that we could find.
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): 14 receptions for 185 yards, 144 tackles, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals (#33 in Pa.), Scout (#23 TE), 24/7 (#20 in Pa., #30 TE), ESPN (#23 in Pa., #28 TE)
High School: Council Rock South
Hometown: Holland, Pa.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
P.J. Gallo was a star defensive end who happened to play tight end in high school, and he's going to be an offensive player full time at Maryland. Over his last two years of high school ball, Gallo had over 230 tackles and only 26 receptions, but it was enough to earn him Suburban One first-team honors at tight end in 2011. Gallo was also named to the Mini Maxwell Award team that year, awarded to players in the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region who "exhibit excellent academics, outstanding football performance and a strong commitment to community service".
Gallo was offered by a host of other schools, including North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He committed to Maryland in early July of 2011.
"Pasquale". We're going to do a little reversal here, seeing as Pasquale is his real name and P.J. is his nickname.
Returning an interception for a touchdown in his sophomore year of high school.
He's absolutely redshirting.
Sorry to kill all the suspense, but P.J. Gallo is as sure of a bet to redshirt as any of Maryland's incoming freshmen. The Terps have an established starter at tight end in Matt Furstenburg, two capable back-ups in Devonte Campbell and Dave Stinebaugh, and even a fourth player who could see playing time in Ryan Schlothauer. There's no realistic shot of Gallo seeing the field this year.
Down the road, things start to look a lot better for Gallo. Three of those guys are seniors, and the other one (Stinebaugh) is a junior. The Terps don't have any other tight ends in the 2012 class, and are currently without any in 2013, so the starting job looks like Gallo's in two years unless something changes.
Our next one is easy, so we'll have another two-parter. Remember, you must answer both to get credit.
1) Our next profiles are on a pair of walk-ons, one of whom has the most English-sounding name I've ever seen.
2) How many former Terps are currently in the NFL? If no one gets the exact answer, the closest guess gets the point.
Terpsonfire continues to climb up the standings.