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Rodney Gallagher

It will be a short trip for West Virginia’s recent verbal engagement in football if he is willing to make the trip to Morgantown to begin his college career after his senior season of high school.

Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, just about 30 miles from Morgantown and WVU, is a short trip across the state line, and that proved to be one of many draws for standout two-way performer Rodney Gallagher , who announced the WVU as his election in a 3 p.m. event at the school on Wednesday.

“Family is important to me, the closer the better,” he said of his home’s proximity to the West Virginia campus. “It will be great that so many of them can come and watch me play.”

Gallagher roamed the field for the Mustangs during a stellar junior season in 2021, throwing for 1,365 yards on 104 of 197 passes while notching 12 hits. Just as dangerous as a running threat, he rushed for 1,130 yards and 20 points on 169 carries while earning his second straight finish on the Pennsylvania Class 4A All-State team. He also excelled as a receiver during his high school career.

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“You get a player who wants to win and we’re going to do something special at Morgantown,” Gallagher said at his signing ceremony. “It’s a great fit for me and I can’t wait.”

Gallagher showed all-around potential early in his career at Laurel Highlands, earning first-team All-Conference honors as a freshman for his attacking play and doubling as a sophomore with league honors on both sides of the ball. His versatility and athleticism extends to the basketball court, where he was twice a member of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fab 5 team.

After deciding to focus his college efforts on football, Gallagher had other decisions to make. He’s clearly a potential Division I player both as a wide receiver and safety, but his high national ranking as a wideout and ability to play with the ball once he’s caught it made the receiver the best spot for the standout all-rounder.

A national-level recruit with excellent body control, Gallagher shows good movement in the routes while staying in control and when he unleashes his full speed and a decisive slice, makes it difficult for defenders to stay close to him. He doesn’t rush receptions and watches the ball to the max before making moves, resulting in consistent catches. In the open field, he routinely eludes pursuit.

The rising senior is the seventh engagement in the WVU league of 2023 and third on the offensive side of the ball, joining quarterback Raheim Jeter and running back Jahiem White.

Gallagher had narrowed his last eight schools to Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Texas and Virginia Tech in addition to the Mountaineers. In all, he had more than two dozen offers, including those from Arizona State, UConn, Houston, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Toledo and Wisconsin .

His dedication is sure to propel WVU’s 2023 recruitment class up from its current 37th place in the on3.com ratings. He is ranked as a top receiver in Pennsylvania and a top 100 national talent by some services.

Prior to today’s announcement, Gallagher was planning to make official visits to West Virginia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Penn State, but now appears to be linked with WVU.

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