The WVU Mountaineers football team made a huge splash recently in the latest round of recruiting. The team landed Rodney Gallagher, a four-star athlete (ATH) who is the highest-ranked recruit in Morgantown since 2010.
Gallagher is currently rated as the No. 101-rated player in the country, and ninth in terms of his ATH position category. While this title might be confusing, it’s because Gallagher plays several positions in high school.
When he starts at WVU, he will most likely settle in as a wide receiver.
Coincidentally, the last player ranked this high for the Mountaineers was also a wideout. Ivan McCartney came to the school in 2010 ranked 57th in his class.
Gallagher is set to enter Mountain State by way of nearby Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He attends Laurel Highlands, where he starts at quarterback, corner, and kick returner. Get ready to place your bets on this new star player, WV sports bettors.
Rodney Gallagher chooses WVU football
Gallagher is someone the coaching staff believes can impact games right away. If things go according to plan, he may earn some playing time his freshman season.
The receiver joins a 2023 class that puts WVU in the No. 15 spot nationally. It’s still early; however, the program is in a great position.
Gallagher is the first four-star player, to go along with seven notable three-star guys. At the moment, the Mountaineers rank ahead of programs like:
- Florida State
The receiver is undersized in general (5’10”, 160 lbs) but has lots of time to fill out. His skill set is based on agility and speed, so it’s not a major concern at all.
Gallagher’s highlight tape from high school shows plenty of times where he displays amazing footwork to cut around defenders. He seems to feature the type of speed it takes to excel in the Big 12 Conference, too.
Brian Dohn, a 247sports national recruiting analyst, sees Gallagher as a potential midround draft pick in the NFL. His evaluation of the receiver stated:
“High-level stop-start ability with excellent body control and acceleration translates well to yards after the catch. Creative runner in open field with vision. Has mindset of ‘can score from anywhere on field.’ Gets off line well and into route. Shows strong ball skills and willingness to catch the ball in traffic.”
Schools like the following are also interested in Gallagher, so it’s great news that he’s a Mountaineer.
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
Mountaineers 2023 class looking strong
Gallagher moved the date of his announcement up. It was originally scheduled for July 4, but the teenager didn’t want to waste any more time.
“I just knew where home was, and I just wanted to tell the coaching staff that I was coming. Plus, I didn’t want to waste the other schools’ time when I knew where I was going. They’ve been showing me love since my freshman year. I have a great relationship with the whole staff, especially coach [Dontae] Wright — he’s a good dude. It just felt like the best fit for me.”
Seems like a fairly mature decision for such a young person with so much on the line. In around a year, he could be preparing to make his debut as a Mountaineer at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Gallagher added regarding his choice, “I just knew. I love everything about the campus, the fans, and I get to stay home, which is important to me.”
Interestingly enough, football might not be the only sport for the athlete. Head men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins tried to lure him to Morgantown during Gallagher’s sophomore year.
Averaging nearly 19 points per game for his career, he led his team to a 27-1 record this past season. Incredibly, WVU fans might get the opportunity to see him on the field and on the court.
Shortly after making his plans to play football with the Mountaineers known, Gallagher spoke with Adam Crowley from 93.7 The Fan. They talked about the fact that basketball is still an option, thanks to WVU. Gallagher said:
“They told me that the doors are still open if I ever decide to want to play basketball again down there. Neal Brown was all for it, and Coach Huggins was all for it. And they still are if I ever want to do that again.”
Additional 2023 WVU football recruits
Aside from the talented receiver, the Mountaineers addressed their defense with many of their other recruits for next year.
They just received a commitment on June 3 from linebacker James Heard from Philadelphia. He slots in just behind cornerback Josiah Jackson in terms of rating, who selected WVU as his school in March.
In April, the team also secured another linebacker in Josiah Trotter, who plays for the same St. Joseph’s Prep School as Heard.
Three December acquisitions resulted in defensive lineman Cameron Jackson, as well as a three-star quarterback and running back. QB Raheim Jeter picked the Mountaineers over both Auburn and Georgia, while Jahiem White is yet another WVU back from PA.
With so many quality players still undecided, the Mountaineers could make this a class to remember through a few more notable additions.